If you or somebody close to you suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) might be an option for you. TORS allows doctors to perform surgery through the mouth to remove obstructive tissue from a patient’s mouth, tongue or throat. With the use of the daVinci robotic surgery system, surgeons are able to reach farther back into the mouth and throat than ever before, providing a more precise and less invasive surgical option for the treatment of breathing problems during sleep.
Typically, patients with obstructive sleep apnea wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, which forces air into the nose and mouth to overcome the obstruction in the airway. Unfortunately, many patients find it difficult to comply with the treatment because of the discomfort of sleeping with a CPAP mask on. For those unable to tolerate the CPAP, alternatives are limited to weight loss, oral appliances or surgery.
State-of-the-art da Vinci® surgery 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.
Potential benefits of da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery include:
- Higher success rates than other surgical options.
- Precise removal of tissue.
- Lower rate of complications.
- Lower blood loss.
- No visible scarring or disfigurement.
- Able to get back to life faster.
In the video below, KSAT-TV explains how da Vinci® Transoral Robotic Surgery helps patients improve their breathing and their overall health by improving their sleep.