Predictive model of operative time in transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach

Ved A. Tanavde, Christopher R. Razavi, Lena W. Chen, Rohit Ranganath, Ralph P. Tufano, Jonathon O. Russell

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Background: Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach (TOETVA) has demonstrated excellent safety and is receiving wider use in North America. Understanding which factors lead to operative difficulty, as evaluated by operative time (OT), may help to improve safety and refine indications for this procedure. Methods: Cases of TOETVA performed at our institution were reviewed. Multivariate linear regression was performed using patient demographics, thyroid characteristics, and operative variables to predict OT. Results: A total of 207 cases were included for analysis. A multivariate linear regression model, controlling for age, sex, and BMI, was developed from 104 cases with an R2 of 0.47 (p < 0.001). Cross-validation on 103 remaining cases showed root-mean-square error of 46.37. Total thyroidectomy and lobe size were the only significant predictors (p < 0.001). Conclusions: We successfully developed a model to predict OT for TOETVA based on preoperative and operative variables. Lobe size, but not BMI, is a significant predictor of OT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1220-1228
Number of pages9
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • duration
  • operative time
  • predictive model
  • transoral thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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