Is the Routine Pressure Dressing After Thyroidectomy Necessary? A Prospective Randomized Controlled Study
Thyroidectomy is an operation that is commonly performed. In Department of Otolaryngology,
Khonkaen University was performed this operation about 200 cases per years. After an
operation a pressure dressing by Hypafix is usually used due to the belief that it will help
to reduce complications such as post-operative bleeding or haematoma. However, the practice
is uncomfortable to patients and makes it hard to detect early haematomas.
We carried out a prospective randomised study to study the role of pressure dressing after
thyroid surgery by evaluating the amount of fluids collected in the operative bed by
ultrasonography compared with normal dressing.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
amount of fluids collected in the operative bed by ultrasonography
Patorn Piromchai, MD
Thailand: Khon Kaen University Ethics Committee for Human Research