Upgraded bidirectional approach video-assisted neck surgery (BAVANS) using a rigid endoscope with variable viewing direction for advanced endoscopic lymph node dissection in thyroid cancer patients

Akihiro Nakajo, Koji Minami, Yoshiaki Shinden, Hiroko Toda, Tadahiro Hirashima, Ayako Nagata, Yuki Nomoto, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe

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Abstract

In 2011, we developed bidirectional approach video-assisted neck surgery (BAVANS) for endoscopic thyroid cancer surgery. BAVANS combines two different approach pathways at 180 degrees to the cervical lesion for endoscopic thyroidectomy and complete cervical lymphadenectomy. We reported previously that the cranio-caudal approach is extremely useful for endoscopic complete lymph node dissection around the trachea. In 2014, we upgraded the initial BAVANS for better maneuverability and quality of lymph node dissection. A new high-tech rigid endoscope with a variable viewing direction (EndoCAMeleon™), has enabled us to reduce the camera port in the anterior neck while keeping the easy maneuverability and the same quality of central lymph node dissection (LND) as with the initial BAVANS. Endoscopic thyroid cancer surgery is now evolving concurrently with new visual technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-782
Number of pages5
JournalSurgery Today
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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