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Ecancermedicalscience. 2013 Sep 26;7:359. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2013.359.

Transoral robotic surgery in the management of head and neck tumours.

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  • 1Department of Specialist Surgical Sciences, University of Milan, Otolaryngology Department, Fondazione IRCCS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, 20122 Milan, Italy.

Abstract

The article reviews the use of robotic technology for head and neck tumours. The authors discuss the development of transoral robotic surgery (TORS), the current status of the technology, and the set-up in the operating room. The article provides a review of the literature, highlighting the applications, advantages, functional outcomes, and disadvantages of TORS for each anatomic subsite (oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, parapharyngeal space, and skull base). New challenges related to reconstruction are also presented. Overall early functional and oncologic outcome data are promising; further long-term prospective trials are still needed to confirm the oncological safety of TORS.

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head and neck surgery; head and neck tumours; robotic surgery; transoral surgery

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PMC3782590
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