What type of incision is used in a thyroidectomy?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Traditionally, a collar incision is used. The incision should be created in a curvilinear fashion within a skin crease approximately 2 cm or 2 finger-breadths above the superior edge of the clavicle and sternal notch. Although smaller incisions lengths have been described, in the authors' experience, an incision length of between 6 cm and 8 cm is used to allow for adequate exposure without causing stretch injury to the surrounding skin. [2]


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