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Table 3 Comparison of quality-of-life parameters between the group undergoing trans-oral endoscopic thyroidectomy and the group undergoing conventional open thyroidectomy. This table is based on the SF-36 questionnaire

From: Comparison of quality of life between patients undergoing trans-oral endoscopic thyroid surgery and conventional open surgery

SF 36Post op 2 weeksPost op 6 weeksPost op 12 weeks
Endo (n:32)Open (n:38)P-valueEndo (n:32)Open (n:38)P-valueEndo (n:32)Open (n:38)P-value
Physical function83.9 (25.9)74.4 (24.7)0.24493.8 (20.1)81.3 (22.1)0.06495.3 (19.5)87.2 (24.4)0.378
Role physic85.2 (28.3)49.3 (44.5)< 0.001*87.5 (28.4)59.2 (37.4)0.001*100.0 (0.0)84.5 (31.4)0.108
Bodily pain78.8 (29.4)77.5 (30.0)> 0.99991.1 (23.9)81.3 (22.1)0.35192.4 (24.3)80.8 (28.6)0.188
General health74.1 (25.9)72.0 (25.6)> 0.99983.4 (21.4)73.5 (21.7)0.23581.0 (23.6)73.3 (25.3)0.458
Vitality65.9 (34.0)58.9 (28.1)0.92878.1 (32.4)61.6 (27.6)0.05382.8 (25.6)64.0 (29.1)0.027*
Social function84.9 (25.5)71.4 (36.3)0.14095.3 (19.5)76.3 (33.2)0.016*90.6 (26.8)86.1 (25.8)> 0.999
Role emotion88.5 (26.2)65.8 (43.5)0.004*95.3 (19.5)82.5 (29.8)0.21292.2 (25.7)88.3 (27.5)> 0.999
Mental health72.2 (28.7)69.5 (25.8)> 0.99988.3 (21.8)69.6 (23.9)0.004*87.2 (24.2)82.2 (23.5)> 0.999
  1. * p < 0.05: statistically significance