Head and Neck Cancers
Physicians at The James are using robotic instrumentation to perform surgery on cancerous tumors of the head and neck.
These procedures, performed through the mouth and involving small, very precise incisions, usually lead to a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery, as well as much less blood loss, pain and scarring. There is also less risk of infection and disfigurement because using the robot makes external incisions unnecessary.
Minimally-invasive techniques like robotics for transoral diagnosis and treatment of head and neck benign and malignant lesions have been growing significantly. Open resections sometimes result in disfigurement and contribute to poor quality of life outcomes for patients.
The use of robot-assisted technology for head and neck procedures is being explored as a way to overcome these surgical limitations by providing surgeons with improved dexterity and precision with tremor absorption, coupled with advanced imaging techniques with three-dimensional depth perception. These transoral surgical approaches benefit patients who may not have benefited from traditional surgery.
Head and Neck procedures
Ohio State’s pioneering clinical trials for head and neck cancers include treatments involving the tonsils, base of the tongue, voice box and skull base, and their reconstruction, including microvascular tissue transfer surgeries.