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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 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.

 

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

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.

   

Am I a Candidate for a Scarless Thyroidectomy?

Candidates for this procedure may include patients diagnosed with: 

Additional screening may be required to determine candidacy. Consult with one of our physicians for more information. 

Comparing Results of Traditional Thyroidectomy and a Scarless Thyroidectomy 

"A 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," says Dr. Russell.

Patients can take comfort knowing their surgery won't leave a lasting mark. This can be especially important to those concerned that a surgical scar may be accompanied by a lifetime of burdensome questions. 

Scarless Thyroidectomy
Left: Traditional Surgery | Right: Scarless Surgery

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.

Scarless Thyroidectomy
Left: Traditional Surgery | Right: Scarless Surgery

​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.

Scarless Thyroidectomy
Left: Traditional Surgery | Right: Scarless Surgery 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.
Scarless Thyroidectomy
Left: Traditional Surgery | Right: Scarless Surgery ​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.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Experts

Photo of Dr. Ralph P Tufano, M.B.A., M.D.

Tufano, Ralph P, M.B.A., M.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Charles W. Cummings M.D. Professor
Director, Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Multidisciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Benign Thyroid Disorders, Goiter, Graves' Disease, Head and Neck Cancers, Head and Neck Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Nodal Metastsis, Otolaryngology, Parathyroid Diseases, Parathyroid Surgery, Thyroglossal Cysts, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Surgery, Thyroid Tumors
 
Photo of Dr. Jonathon O Russell, M.D.

Russell, Jonathon O, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Director of Endoscopic and Robotic Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Benign Thyroid Disorders, Benign Tumors of the Head and Neck, Endocrinology, Facelift Approach (scarless) Robot Assisted Thyroid Surgery, Goiter, Head and Neck Cancers, Hyperparathyroidism, Neck Masses, Oncology, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Paraganglioma, Parathyroid Diseases, Parathyroid Surgery, Scarless Thyroidectomy, Thyroglossal Cysts, Thyroid, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Masses, Thyroid Parathyroid
 
 
 
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 examination revealed 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 at Johns Hopkins.
 
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive  Cancer Center

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.
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