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

Authors
 Seok-Mo Kim  ;  Ki Won Chun  ;  Ho Jin Chang  ;  Bup-Woo Kim  ;  Yong Sang Lee  ;  Hang-Seok Chang  ;  Cheong Soo Park 
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
MeSH
Adult ; Cicatrix/etiology* ; Cicatrix/pathology* ; Cicatrix/psychology ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Patient Satisfaction* ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Thyroid Neoplasms/pathology ; Thyroid Neoplasms/psychology ; Thyroid Neoplasms/surgery* ; Thyroidectomy/adverse effects*
Keywords
Thyroid ; Scar ; Length ; Satisfaction
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.
Full Text
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00405-014-3150-z
DOI
10.1007/s00405-014-3150-z
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Surgery (외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Bup Woo(김법우) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1342-9055
Kim, Seok Mo(김석모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8070-0573
Park, Cheong Soo(박정수)
Lee, Yong Sang(이용상) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8234-8718
Chang, Hang Seok(장항석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5162-103X
Chang, Ho Jin(장호진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8940-3484
Chun, Ki Won(전기원)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/141569
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