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Authors Balentine CJ, Sippel RS
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Journal Surg. Oncol. Clin. N. Am. Volume: 25 Issue: 1 Pages: 61-75
Publish Date 2016 Jan
PubMed ID 26610774

Outpatient thyroid surgery is controversial because of concerns over life-threatening cervical hematoma. Despite this concern, outpatient thyroidectomy is becoming increasingly common, especially among high-volume endocrine surgeons. Multiple studies have now demonstrated that careful patient selection combined with surgeon experience can result in successful and safe surgery without a full inpatient admission. This article reviews the data on safety and outcomes for outpatient thyroidectomy and discusses several techniques used to minimize risk to patients. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System