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Prior to docking the daVinci Surgical System, an operative space needs to be created, and maintained using the AK Retractor. This video demonstrates the dissection required to create this space. Once this space is created thyroid or parathyroid surgery can be performed. The incision used for this procedure is located in the axilla (armpit), so that it is easily hidden from view. After surgery is completed the patient has no neck scar.

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