Head & Neck
McKee Medical Center is proud to have hosted the first transoral surgery to treat cancer of the throat using the surgical robot.
The McKee surgeon who performed the procedure is one of a handful of surgeons in the nation and the only one in Colorado and surrounding states who has performed head and neck surgery using a surgical robot.
Head and neck problems are often some of the most difficult to treat surgically because surgeons need a full line of sight to operate. The robotic system allows surgeons a 3D view inside the the body,
Transoral Robotic Surgery
Using this technology to treat cancers of the throat, which includes the larynx, tonsils and tongue, the surgeon accesses the area through the mouth. The robot system allows the physician to perform the delicate operation by providing better visualization, precision, dexterity and improved access to hard-to-reach areas in the throat.
The benefits provided in a transoral robotic surgery include less blood loss, no visible scarring, no tracheostomy, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to normal speech and swallowing.
Using the most advanced technology available, the robotic system enables your doctor to perform this delicate operation with extreme precision.
Robotic surgery offers thyroid cancer patients numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Superior cosmetic outcomes
- No neck scars
- Avoids laryngeal nerve injury
Schedule an appointment with a surgeon to find out if you are a candidate for robotic surgery.