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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 
 European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Vol.272(9) : 2433-2438, 2015 
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 European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 
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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.
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김법우(Kim, Bup Woo)
김석모(Kim, Seok Mo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8070-0573
박정수(Park, Cheong Soo)
이용상(Lee, Yong Sang) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8234-8718
장항석(Chang, Hang Seok)
장호진(Chang, Ho Jin)
전기원(Chun, Ki Won)
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