24-25 May 2012
Professor Dimitrios Linos participated at the 5th Biennial European Society of Endocrine Surgeons (ESES) Congress that was held in Gothenburg, Sweden in the end of May 2012. Among the aims of the Congress, which has been a successful meeting point for endocrine surgeons, are the advancement of knowledge and techniques in endocrine surgery, as well as the promotion and maintenance of high standards in the clinical practice of endocrine surgery and in education and research.
Professor Linos was invited as one of the moderators of a Free Papers Session. He also gave an oral presentation on “The effect of scar perception after thyroid and parathyroid surgery on patients’ physical and mental health”.
In his presentation, he discussed the lack of rigorously validated evidence on how the scar appearance and self-consciousness as perceived by patients following thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy surgery affect their physical and mental health.
The study was based on a random sample of 696 patients who underwent thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy between January 2000 and March 2010. Participants were administered the validated Patient Scar Assessment Questionnaire (PSAQ) in respect to their scar and the SF-36 to measure their physical and mental health. According to the results of the study, it appears that self-consciousness concerning the scar might lead to worse physical and mental health, irrespectively of the length of the scar from a minimally invasive or not thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy.
More information on the congress can be found at