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Woong Youn CHUNG

Yonsei University College of Medicine
Seoul, South Korea
MD, PhD
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Is robotic thyroid surgery a real progress?
In this key lecture, Prof. WY Chung briefly describes his experience and his own technique to perform robotic thyroid surgery. He presents advances in surgical indications and compares the main differences of single incision robotic thyroidectomy and LND with novel techniques, e.g. BABA, facelift thyroidectomy, and transoral periosteal thyroidectomy. He demonstrates the advantages and limitations using research data to describe the future of robotic thyroidectomy as a minimally invasive surgery. He highlights new technologies and newly developed robotic systems with current improvements, which focus on haptic feedback, tactile sensation, and single orifice surgery, which will make AI robotic automation surgery possible in the future.
Lecture
2 years ago
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Is robotic thyroid surgery a real progress?
In this key lecture, Prof. WY Chung briefly describes his experience and his own technique to perform robotic thyroid surgery. He presents advances in surgical indications and compares the main differences of single incision robotic thyroidectomy and LND with novel techniques, e.g. BABA, facelift thyroidectomy, and transoral periosteal thyroidectomy. He demonstrates the advantages and limitations using research data to describe the future of robotic thyroidectomy as a minimally invasive surgery. He highlights new technologies and newly developed robotic systems with current improvements, which focus on haptic feedback, tactile sensation, and single orifice surgery, which will make AI robotic automation surgery possible in the future.
Gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy
Robotic technology has recently been applied to minimally invasive thyroid surgery, with the Da Vinci Surgical System robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). This system provides a three-dimensional magnified view of the surgical area, hand-tremor filtration, fine-motion scaling, and precise and multiarticulated hand-like motions. Several different approaches have been developed with respect to the location of the incisions and whether or not CO2 insufflation is required to keep the operative space open. Robotic gasless transaxillary thyroidectomy has been used clinically in Korea since late 2007. It has been validated for surgical management of the thyroid gland. The initial cases of robotic thyroidectomy was limited to the well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma with a tumor size of ≤ 2cm without definite extrathyroidal tumor invasion (T1 lesion) or follicular neoplasm with a tumor size of ≤5cm. As robotic experience accumulated, the indication of robotic thyroidectomy to include those patients with T3 or larger size lesions has been expanded. The initial robotic thyroidectomy resembled the endoscopic thyroidectomy using two separate incisions, axilla and anterior chest wall. With sufficient experience, the anterior chest wall incision was removed and developed a less invasive transaxillary single-incision robotic thyroidectomy. This procedure has reduced the dissection and the surgical invasiveness with similar surgical outcomes.
Until now, more than 100 cases of compartment-oriented modified radical neck dissection with acceptable postoperative outcomes and excellent cosmesis had been also performed with the Da Vinci robotic system.
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7 years ago
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Gasless transaxillary robotic thyroidectomy
Robotic technology has recently been applied to minimally invasive thyroid surgery, with the Da Vinci Surgical System robot (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). This system provides a three-dimensional magnified view of the surgical area, hand-tremor filtration, fine-motion scaling, and precise and multiarticulated hand-like motions. Several different approaches have been developed with respect to the location of the incisions and whether or not CO2 insufflation is required to keep the operative space open. Robotic gasless transaxillary thyroidectomy has been used clinically in Korea since late 2007. It has been validated for surgical management of the thyroid gland. The initial cases of robotic thyroidectomy was limited to the well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma with a tumor size of ≤ 2cm without definite extrathyroidal tumor invasion (T1 lesion) or follicular neoplasm with a tumor size of ≤5cm. As robotic experience accumulated, the indication of robotic thyroidectomy to include those patients with T3 or larger size lesions has been expanded. The initial robotic thyroidectomy resembled the endoscopic thyroidectomy using two separate incisions, axilla and anterior chest wall. With sufficient experience, the anterior chest wall incision was removed and developed a less invasive transaxillary single-incision robotic thyroidectomy. This procedure has reduced the dissection and the surgical invasiveness with similar surgical outcomes.
Until now, more than 100 cases of compartment-oriented modified radical neck dissection with acceptable postoperative outcomes and excellent cosmesis had been also performed with the Da Vinci robotic system.