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Table 4 Comparison of cosmetic satisfaction and sensory change scores in patients who underwent lateral neck dissection

From: Low transverse incision for lateral neck dissection in patients with papillary thyroid cancer: improved cosmesis

Parameter Transverse Incision group n = 62 Hockey stick Incision group n = 35 P value
Vancouver Scar Scale (VSS) Scorea 0.50 ± 0.93 0.45 ± 0.52 .881
Total Cosmetic Satisfaction Scorea 6.35 ± 5.07 9.08 ± 4.81 .029*
 Scar satisfaction 1.54 ± 1.06 2.29 ± 0.86 .003*
 Contour satisfaction 1.43 ± 0.91 2.08 ± 0.88 .004*
 Scar noticeable 0.88 ± 1.02 1.08 ± 1.01 .394
 Try to conceal the scar 0.89 ± 1.04 1.16 ± 1.09 .287
 Scar influences choice of clothes 0.89 ± 1.10 1.25 ± 1.18 .196
 Frequency of thinking about scar 0.91 ± 0.93 1.21 ± 0.88 .182
Sensory Change Scorea 1.71 ± 1.17 2.01 ± 1.13 .431
Survey period (months after surgery)b 16.4 ± 3.4 18.2 ± 2.1 .137
  1. All values in the table are mean ± SD
  2. *P < 0.05
  3. aLower scores mean greater satisfaction
  4. bVSS, cosmetic satisfaction, and sensory change were evaluated on the same day