J Orthop 2018 Jun 7;15(2):615-619. Epub 2018 May 7.
Less Exposure Surgery Specialists Institute (LESS Institute), United States.
Background: Authors aim to determine patients' preference for surgical incision and factors affecting the decision for surgery to the anterior neck.
Methods: A questionnaire was presented prior to evaluation and if preceded to surgery followup given.
Results: 243 patients completed questionnaire, with 60% female population and younger than 50 years. 151 patients preferred a transverse midline incision with a statistically significant increase in outcomes and cosmesis importance and a decrease in the importance of board certification.
Conclusion: Findings of questionnaire demonstrate that patients' prefer a transverse midline anterior neck incision, with surgical outcomes being the overall factor affecting decision making.