If you’re facing surgery for throat cancer, da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) might be an option for you. Unlike open surgery to remove throat cancer, which requires the doctor to make a long incision through your jaw and throat, the da Vinci System allows your surgeon to operate through the mouth – avoiding a large incision. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

State-of-the-art da Vinci® surgery uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci® System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Conditions Treated

  • Benign tumors of the mouth and throat
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Pharyngeal cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Tonsil cancer

Potential benefits of da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery include1

  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low blood loss
  • Minimal need for tracheotomy (breathing tube)
  • May decrease or eliminate need for chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Preservation of ability to swallow following surgery
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement
  • Able to get back to life faster

Resources

da Vinci Surgery for Throat Cancer

1 http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-head-and-neck/conditions/throat-cancer/da-vinci-TORS.php