Dr. Terris is known for developing minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce the size of incisions in thyroid and neck surgery.
Some of the techniques Dr. Terris recommends include:
- Having a patient sit or stand while the physician marks the incision sites. This helps blend the incision into the natural creases of the body, minimizing the visibility of scars
- Trimming of edges at the incision sites, to minimize fraying of the edges
- Using surgical glues instead of sutures, which, according to Dr. Terris, eliminates "railroad tracking"
- Minimizing trauma to surrounding skin
- Minimizing use of drains