Robotic Approaches to the Pharynx. Tonsil Cancer

Daniel Brickman, Neil D. Gross

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Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx is challenging because of its effects on speech and swallowing, which may affect quality of life. Transoral robotic surgery may be an effective alternative to open surgery. Robotic lateral oropharyngectomy is best suited for early stage oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, with the goal of avoiding or reducing the use or dose of adjuvant therapies. Successful robotic lateral oropharyngectomy requires appropriate training, detailed preoperative planning, organized operating room setup to obtain exposure, an understanding of the pertinent surgical anatomy, and knowledge of the postoperative care of the oncologic patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-372
Number of pages14
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Partial pharyngectomy
  • Robotic surgery
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Transoral resection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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