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

Authors
 Seok-Mo Kim ; Ki Won Chun ; Cheong Soo Park ; Hang-Seok Chang ; Yong Sang Lee ; Bup-Woo Kim ; Ho Jin Chang 
Citation
 European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Vol.272(9) : 2433~2438, 2015 
Journal Title
 European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 
ISSN
 0937-4477 
Issue Date
2015
Abstract
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.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/141569
DOI
10.1007/s00405-014-3150-z
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 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00405-014-3150-z
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