Whenever possible, Roswell Park’s head and neck surgeons use techniques that preserve functions such as the ability to speak or swallow.
Transoral Robotic Surgery
We offer Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for the treatment of certain head and neck cancers. TORS allows for less-invasive access to some tumors with preservation of speech and swallowing. Compared with traditional surgery, it has been shown to speed recovery and is associated with less pain.
How does it work? Seated at an operating room console, the surgeon controls three long, slim robotic arms capable of reaching deep into the mouth and throat. A camera inserted by one of the arms sends magnified, three-dimensional images to the console, giving the surgeon a larger-than-life view of the tumor and surrounding area, for greater precision.
Transoral laser microsurgery
Transoral laser microsurgery is used mostly for early-stage cancers of the larynx, but it can also be used for some pharyngeal and oropharyngeal cancers. Laser technology gives the surgeon a greater level of precision to increase the chances of complete tumor removal while reducing the chances of affecting healthy tissue nearby.
The team approach
When extensive surgery is unavoidable, our Head and Neck/Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons work side by side to decrease operative times and improve cosmetic and quality of life outcomes.