Published online Feb 28, 2014. doi: 10.5319/wjo.v4.i1.1
Revised: October 28, 2013
Accepted: December 9, 2013
Published online: February 28, 2014
Core tip: The present aim is to elucidate the significance of drains in thyroid surgery for large goiters in the modern era. The authors conclude that there are two major parameters that influence the placement of drains: the surgeon’s experience and the patient’s discomfort.