Robotic Surgery for Head & Neck Conditions
Ear, nose, and throat specialists at NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center offer robotic treatment of conditions that affect the head and neck.
Robotic surgical procedures for benign and malignant head and neck conditions are performed through the mouth. This approach allows doctors to make smaller incisions that are better visualized, more precise, and may heal more quickly and with less pain. This technique also is less likely than open surgery, which is performed through the neck, to affect speech, swallowing, sense of taste, and breathing. Most patients are able to resume eating solid foods immediately after surgery, and most procedures do not require a hospital stay.
Robotic surgery is best suited for people who have early head and neck cancer, in which small, visible tumors and lesions are found on the tonsils, base of the tongue, or supraglottic larynx. Robotic techniques are also useful in discovering otherwise invisible malignancies.
Doctors can perform surgery on these same areas—the tonsils, base of the tongue, and supraglottic larynx—to correct benign conditions that contribute to snoring and sleep disordered breathing.
A robotic approach can also be used when doctors perform epiglottidectomy, simple or extended tonsillectomy, and pharyngectomy.
Robotic head and neck surgery is performed by the following experts: