Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is an innovative, minimally invasive approach for the treatment of benign and some malignant tumors of the, tongue, throat and voice box (larynx). The procedure is performed through the mouth with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The da Vinci system provides magnified, high resolution 3-D imaging of the operative site, allowing the surgeon to guide miniaturized instruments for cautery, ultrasonic vibration, or laser removal of lesions with precision accuracy in the narrow spaces inside mouth and throat.
Benefits to Patients
TORS offers the potential for significantly better outcomes for patients. The incisionless approach eliminates visible disfigurement and scarring and preserves facial and neck tissue and muscle, reducing possible nerve and tissue damage associated with open approaches that can adversely affect the patient’s ability to swallow, taste, breathe, and speak. Most patients are able to speak and swallow two to three weeks post-op compared to months after conventional surgery. Other benefits include reduced blood loss, reduced risk of infection and complications, shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery period. Perhaps most importantly, initial treatment with TORS may allow a reduction in the dose of any chemotherapy or radiation that the patient requires.
Candidates for the TORS Approach
Recommended candidates are adult patients diagnosed with benign and select malignant cancers (T1 and T2) of the mouth, tonsil, tongue, throat and voice box. It is also being used to treat sleep apnea, by removing excess tissue located at the very back of the tongue. Though the procedure is minimally invasive, patients sometimes experience swelling of the airway and therefore require close monitoring in the hospital for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Patients may still require radiation and/or chemotherapy if the lesion is cancerous; however, doses may be significantly reduced, improving the patient’s functional outcome.
The First Hospital in Dublin to Perform the New TORS Procedure
Fairview Park Hospital is the first hospital in Dublin and the surrounding 13 county area to perform and offer TORS using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System’s advanced technologies.
Call (478) 738-6277 to schedule an appointment.