The Baltimore Sun: Jan. 17, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital recently began offering a “facelift” style thyroid procedure that hides evidence of surgery behind the ear and under the hair. Dr. Jeremy D. Richmon, a head and neck surgeon at Johns Hopkins, learned the technique from Dr. David Terris, surgeon and co-director of the Georgia Regents Medical Center Thyroid/Parathyroid Center.
Terris developed the procedure when complications began arising after thyroidectomies performed through the armpit. The surgery employs a robot arm to remove the thyroid through a tunnel made from the side of the neck. It is offered at fewer than half a dozen hospitals and is still used sparingly. Read about A thyroidectomy that leaves no scar.