Robotic Mouth Cancer Operation is Now Available in the UK
A minimally invasive treatment of oropharynx cancer is now available at the Wellington Hospital in London.
The one-hour technique known as Transoral Robotic Surgery allows a surgeon to remove the cancer without splitting the jaw or taking tissue from other parts of the body. It involves the use of the Da Vinci robot to access the tonsils through the mouth and unlike a traditional surgery carried out by two surgical teams, it has less complications. Patients are in hospital for just a week and do not need long-term feeding tubes as they are able to swallow normally soon after the surgery.