Endoscopic or Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroidectomy (MIVAT)
Endoscopic thyroidectomy, also known as minimally invasive video assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT), uses a high definition camera to perform thyroid surgery through a very small incision. The camera provides a magnified, highly detailed view of the thyroid gland and the critical nearby structures, including the laryngeal nerves, parathyroid glands and major blood vessels.
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is an excellent option for patients with thyroid cancers, small thyroid goiters, thyroid nodules, and hyperthyroidism.
During this type of surgery, sutures and drains are never utilized and almost all patients are sent home several hours after surgery is completed, avoiding an overnight stay in the hospital. For patients who prefer, endoscopic thyroidectomy can be often be performed under local anesthesia.
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is designed to make as small an incision as possible while providing safe and effective surgery. It offers several major benefits to patients:
- Less dissection leads to decreased pain after thyroid surgery
- Shorter recovery times mean a faster return to normal activities
- Small, well hidden incisions - 1 inch or less, reducing the size scar after thyroid surgery
The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford has some of only a few of the thyroid surgeons in Michigan who perform endoscopic thyroidectomy.