Robotic surgery is used in the otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) subspecialty to treat head and neck tumors as well as sleep apnea. Robotic surgery produces smaller incisions using methods that avoid scarring, minimizes complications, and reduce length of recovery.
Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
The Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) procedure uses the da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Surgical System to treat severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The robotic-assisted, minimally invasive procedure offers the surgeon improved visualization and the ability to move surgical instruments in tight, hard-to-reach places.
TORS is highly effective for the removal of head and neck tumors, as well, using a robotic arm to remove tumors or tissue from the mouth or throat by approaching through the mouth (transoral). A specially trained surgeon controls the robotic arm from a command console several feet away while an assistant is stationed next to the patient. The robot is not actually performing the surgery, but instead acts as a high tech, pinpoint accurate tool used to create better outcomes for patients.
General Advantages of Robotic Surgery
For most patients, minimally invasive procedures performed using robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Watch below as a patient discusses his state-of-the-art Transoral Robotic Lingual Tonsillectomy treatment for sleep apnea:
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