Research results suggest that TORS may offer advantages over traditional surgery. “The transoral surgery has significant benefits to the patient,” said Scott Magnuson, MD, associate professor of surgery in the division of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “They have a faster recovery, lesser use of feeding tubes, lesser use of tracheotomy tubes and shorter hospital stays.”
In the first study of patients to undergo TORS for oropharyngeal cancer, 26 of 27 patients (96 percent) were swallowing without the use of a gastrostomy tube at the last follow-up visit (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133:1220-1226.) Additional studies show similar results.
In a study of TORS for primary or recurrent cancer, 80 percent of patients (12 of 15) who underwent robotic surgery for primary cancer were tolerating oral intake by hospital discharge. All patients were eating normally by two months post-discharge. Estimated blood loss averaged less than 200 ml, and length of stay was decreased (Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;17:126-131).| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page