Northside Hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to include Transoral Surgery (TORS), performing its first two cases – tongue base cancer resection and lingual tonsillectomy – on Sept. 10.
Used in a growing range of specialties including ENT, thoracic, urology and gynecology, da Vinci computer-assisted robotics technology enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures, while preserving and improving the visualization techniques of open surgery.
“This translates into less pain and discomfort, faster recovery and a better quality of life for patients with tumors and airway abnormalities that require surgery,” said Andrew Golde, M.D., ENT surgeon, who performed the first two robotic TORS cases at Northside. In addition, patients benefit from minimal scaring, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to normal speech and swallowing.
Robotic TORS is perhaps the most effective minimally invasive surgical treatment for diseases of the head and neck available today. The da Vinci Surgical System allows the surgeon to provide the patient with procedures equivalent to traditional transoral surgery, but with the advantage of 3D high-definition visualization of the surgical site, and the precision and versatility afforded by robotic instrumentation.