When medication and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve your symptoms, surgery is the recommended treatment for many conditions affecting the head and neck. These include throat cancer, tonsil cancer, cancer of the larynx (laryngeal cancer), and tongue cancer.
For many years, traditional open surgery has been the standard approach to treating many head and neck conditions. Yet, with open surgery there is the risk for: significant pain, trauma, possible disfigurement, a long recovery and damage to surrounding organs and nerves. Fortunately, less invasive options are available that allow surgeons to access the target anatomy without a large external incision.
For complex cases, robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective and least invasive treatment choice. This approach uses tiny, 1-2 cm incisions -- or no incisions in the case of throat cancer surgery. Physicians using da Vinci can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risks associated with large incisions. da Vinci Surgery may improve your recovery experience and clinical outcomes with such benefits as:
- Significantly less blood loss
- No visible scarring or disfigurement
- No tracheotomy
- Minimization or elimination of need for chemoradiation therapy
- Preservation of larynx (voice box)
- Less risk of larynx (voice box) nerve damage
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Fast recovery, return to normal speech and swallowing
- Equal or better cancer control
- Excellent cancer control
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.