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Scarless Thyroidectomy

Traditional thyroidectomies leave a visible scar in the middle of the neck but advancements in endocrine surgery at Johns Hopkins allow our surgeons to provide a scarless alternative to this traditional procedure. In scarless thyroidectomy the surgeon accesses the thyroid gland through the patient’s mouth (called a “transoral” approach.)

By offering a scarless method, Johns Hopkins aims to improve the lives of patients. Johns Hopkins is the leading scarless thyroidectomy center in the United States and the first hospital to offer a robotic option for scarless thyroidectomy.

Candidates may include patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer, benign or indeterminate thyroid nodules or hyperparathyroidism.  

Truly scarless thyroid surgery is one where we have no cutaneous (skin) incisions. What that means to patients is they don't have a small scar...they have no visible scar at all.

- Jonathon Russell, M.D.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for a Scarless Thyroidectomy?

Transoral Thyroidectomy: FAQs with Jonathon Russell, M.D.

Johns Hopkins head and neck endocrine surgeon, Jonathon Russell, M.D. discusses transoral thyroidectomy, or scarless thyroid surgery. He explains the advantages of this procedure, who may be a good candidate and what patients can expect afterward.

 

Comparing Results of Traditional Thyroidectomy and a Scarless Thyroidectomy 

traditional thyroidectomy results compared to scarless thyroidectomy results on Kristin Sepulveda
On the left, a traditional thyroidectomy which leaves a scar across the neck. On the right, Kristin Sepulveda four weeks after her scarless thyroidectomy procedure performed by Jonathon Russell, M.D.
traditional thyroidectomy results compared to scarless thyroidectomy results
On the left, a traditional thyroidectomy which leaves a scar across the neck. On the right, Kristin Sepulveda four weeks after her scarless thyroidectomy procedure performed by Jonathon Russell, M.D.
Gwen a patient who received a scarless neck surgery

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Gwen a patient who received a scarless neck surgery

Scarless Neck Surgery 


Gwen contacted Jonathon Russell, M.D., to have her thyroid removed after she was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule. Further research discovered it was her parathyroid that needed to be removed and a scarless surgery was available. Gwen elected to have the scarless surgery. The results- like nothing ever happened. 

Learn more about Gwen and her care receieved at Johns Hopkins.
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Our Multidisciplinary Approach


The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery works with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the highest quality patient care and innovative research.

Learn more about the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.