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Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015;10:173-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2015.03.030. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

Transoral surgery for oropharyngeal tumors using the Medrobotics(®) Flex(®) System - a case report.

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1
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Marburg, Germany. Electronic address: magis.mandapathil@staff.uni-marburg.de.
2
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
3
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Marburg, Germany.
4
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Université Catholique de Louvain CHU Dinant Godinne, Yvoir, Belgium.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Transoral resection of pharyngeal tumors with acceptable oncological and functional results can be challenging due to their location in a narrow anatomic space.

CASE PRESENTATION:

In this case report, we demonstrate successful visualization and resection of a squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx using the novel Medrobotics(®) Flex(®) System. The Medrobotics(®) Flex(®) System (Medrobotics Corp., Raynham, MA, USA) is an operator controlled flexible endoscope system that includes a rigid endoscope and computer-assisted controllers, with two external channels for the use of compatible, 3.5mm flexible instruments.

DISCUSSION:

In a 74-year old female patient a T1 squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx was visualized and completely resected using this system. The Medrobotics(®) Flex(®) System is a promising device for transoral approaches in resection of tumors within the pharynx.

CONCLUSION:

Good visualization, access, and flexibility of the endoscope and instruments are hereby clear advantages of the system compared to commonly used systems.

KEYWORDS:

Head and neck cancer; Oropharyngeal tumor; Robotic surgery; Transoral surgery

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