Endoscopic thyroid lobectomy via bilateral areolar approach——Wang’s seven-step method
For convenient and simple operation and excellent cosmetic results, endoscopic thyroid surgery via bilateral areolar approach has gradually become the first choice of endoscopic procedure for thyroid lobectomy. However, the levels of ability and proficiency vary widely among hospitals and surgical teams carrying out endoscopic thyroid surgery. So, how to promote a standardized endoscopic thyroidectomy is an urgent problem to be solved at present. Here, the authors, taking the areolar approach as an example, introduce the procedure of endoscopic lobectomy used by the surgical team led by WANG Ping in the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University. For convenience of memorization, the procedure is divided into seven steps and named as Wang’s seven-step method.