A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. It produces hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism, from your heart rate to how quickly you burn calories. Thyroidectomy is performed to treat thyroid disorders such as cancer, noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid (goiter), and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
The use of SurgSci’s ultrasonic scalpel in thyroidectomy has several advantages:
1. Reduced operative time: The use of the ultrasonic scalpel can significantly reduce the time taken to perform the surgery.
2. Decreased postoperative pain: Patients who undergo surgery with an ultrasonic scalpel often report less pain after the operation.
3. Lower drainage volume: The use of an ultrasonic scalpel can reduce the amount of fluid that needs to be drained after surgery.
4. Prevention of transient hypocalcemia: Transient hypocalcemia, or low calcium levels in the blood after surgery, is less likely to occur when an ultrasonic scalpel is used.
5. Less instrument traffic: The ultrasonic scalpel can perform vessel sealing and tissue cutting simultaneously, reducing the need for multiple instruments.
6. Low smoke generation: The ultrasonic scalpel generates less smoke than other instruments, improving visibility during surgery.
7. Reduced lateral thermal spread and less charring: The temperature generated by the ultrasonic scalpel ranges from 50°C to 300°C, which reduces the lateral thermal spread and results in less charring.
8. Preservation of parathyroid glands: The use of an ultrasonic scalpel may facilitate dissection of the parathyroid glands in a plane farther away from the parathyroid gland capsule, thus reducing the chance of damaging their blood supply.