How safe and effective is the da Vinci Surgical System in transoral robotic-assisted surgery for benign indications, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Background: In the past two decades, the need for minimally invasive techniques for transoral head and neck surgical procedures has grown, but there are limitations including endoscope field of vision and depth perception, and length of surgery on procedures such as partial glossectomies that may result in edema. Robot-assisted technology was investigated as a means to overcome the surgical limitations associated with current techniques.
Explore this issue:May 2015
Study design: Multicenter, single-arm, retrospective case series of 293 TORS procedures performed in 285 patients between Jan. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2013.
Setting: Department of Surgery, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Department of Surgery, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut; Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.