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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 procedure. In scarless thyroidectomy the surgeon accesses the thyroid gland through the patient’s mouth (called a “transoral” approach.)
Transoral 'Scarless' Thyroid Surgery Animation
Watch an animation of transoral "scarless' robotic surgery to learn how it can be used as an alternative to traditional thyroid surgery - leaving patients without a visible neck scar.
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?
Patients seeking surgical removal of their thyroid or parathyroid can take comfort knowing 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 for this procedure may include patients diagnosed with:
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
Scarless Neck Surgery
Learn more about Gwen and her care receieved at Johns Hopkins.
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.
Our Multidisciplinary Approach
Learn more about the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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.