Transoral Robotic Surgery
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) refers to surgery that is performed on the upper aerodigestive tract through the mouth, assisted by robotic instruments. The arms of the robot can reach previously inaccessible areas of the pharynx and larynx through the mouth, allowing for a minimally invasive approach through the natural oral cavity orifice. Prior to the advent of robotic technology, open techniques requiring mandible splitting often were necessary to surgically access cancers in these anatomic areas, and radiation with or without chemotherapy was often relied upon to treat these tumors, in order to avoid this morbid type of approach. Therefore, TORS has enabled the head and neck surgeon to surgically remove tumors that not only were difficult to access but also were often treated nonsurgically.
KeywordsTransoral robotic surgery (TORS) Oropharyngeal cancer HPV