“Thyroid Cosmesis Study at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver BC”
This study looks at the difference in surgical scar outcomes between two different surgical incision methods during thyroid surgery: scalpel vs electrocautery. Patients who are already scheduled for thyroid surgery with Dr. Sam Wiseman, Endocrine Surgeon at St. Paul's Hospital, and that meet the eligibility criteria for this study will be invited to participate. After signing the informed consent form, participants will be randomized into either one of the two incision methods, but will not know which one they receive. There will be two follow-up time points: one at 6 and another at 12 months post-operative. At these time points the research team will send a letter to the participant asking them to rate the appearance of their surgical scar. They will also be asked to take a picture of their scar and send it back to the research team, so that the research team can make an assessment of their surgical scar. The study concludes when the 12 month follow-up is complete.
Procedure - Scalpel
Use of a scalpel as a first incision during thyroid operation
Procedure - Electrocautery
Use of an electrocautery as a first incision during thyroid operation
A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing The Cosmetic Outcome Of Electrocautery Versus Scalpel For Thyroidectomy Incisions