Scarless Thyroid Surgery


The transoral approach to thyroid and parathyroid removal is currently the only surgical option that does not leave a visible cutaneous scar. Additionally, this approach allows access to the bilateral central neck compartments, requires minimal additional instrumentation, and has a complication rate comparable to the traditional open approach. As this is being adapted in North America, endocrinologists, general surgeons and otolaryngologists need to be aware of the procedures risks and benefits.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Endocrinologists, General Surgeons, and Otolaryngologists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • State the advantages and disadvantages of the transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy approach
  • Identify the best candidate for the approach
  • Explain the history of remote access or scarless thyroid and parathyroid surgery
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


This activity is in an online video module format and includes one didactic presentation.

To receive a certificate you should:

  • View the presentation in this enduring material
  • Complete and submit the CME/CE evaluation form

The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 1.00 hour(s).

Hardware/software requirements: Activities should be run with recent versions of common browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

If you have questions about the participation process, please e-mail the Division of Continuing Professional Development, or phone 713.798.8237.


April 2021 through March 2023. Original release date: April 2021


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All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Michael Fordis, MD - Reviewer
Senior Associate Dean and Director
Division of Continuing Professional Development
Baylor College of Medicine

Nothing to disclose

Raymon H. Grogan, MD MS FACS - Program Director, Contributor
Associate Professor of Surgery
Section Chief of Endocrine Surgery
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Division of General Surgery

Consultancy: Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic


Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
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Activities should be run with recent versions of common browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.