Reducing neck incision length during thyroid surgery does not improve satisfaction in patients

Seok Mo Kim, Ki Won Chun, Ho Jin Chang, Bup Woo Kim, Yong Sang Lee, Hang Seok Chang, Cheong Soo Park

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Postoperative neck cosmesis is a major concern of patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Patients will likely be more satisfied with the long-term cosmetic appearance of smaller than larger thyroidectomy scars. We, therefore, investigated the relationship between scar length following conventional thyroid surgery and patient satisfaction. An anonymous scar-assessment questionnaire was administered to patients who underwent conventional thyroid surgery. The 2,041 patients were asked to rate their satisfaction with their scars on a ten-point Likert scale, with one being very unsatisfied and ten being very satisfied. The mean satisfaction score was significantly lower in the benign condition than in malignancy (6.9 ± 2.5 vs. 7.4 ± 2.5; p = 0.021), whereas there were no differences in satisfaction score among subgroups of patients with benign condition (p = 0.837). In patients with thyroid cancer, the mean satisfaction scores were similar among subgroups according to operation type and scar length (p = 0.820). Incision length was not associated with patient satisfaction in thyroid surgery patients and therefore may not be critical in decision making for thyroid cancer surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2433-2438
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 7

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  • Otorhinolaryngology


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