Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Transoral Robotic Surgery/Flex Robotic Systems

Transoral Robotic Surgery/Flex Robotic Systems

Offering patients minimally invasive solutions for head and neck surgery. Learn more about robotic surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) provides your surgeon with superior vision, precision, dexterity and improved access to difficult-to-reach areas of the throat. It thereby avoids the disfiguring and traumatic aspects of traditional open surgery.

Transoral Robotic Surgery

Transoral Robot Assisted Surgery (TORS) may provide a much less invasive treatment option for those with benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity and oral conditions including lingual tonsil, hypertrophy and sleep apnea. Using a surgical camera and microscope passed through the mouth, the surgeon directs the cutting tool, cautery or laser to the tumor location - avoiding the need for facial disfigurement and tracheotomy.  This approach also may minimize or eliminate the need for chemoradiation and its potential side-effects. However, surgeons are limited by line-of-sight, instrumentation and optics – which means this approach may not be appropriate for all cases.

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat oral (mouth), oropharyngeal or throat cancer, you may be a candidate for Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) — a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure. Using the most advanced technology available, Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) enables your doctor to perform this delicate operation for oral (mouth), oropharyngeal or throat cancer.

David Goldenberg, MD

My goal as a head and neck surgeon is to provide patients with expert surgical care with an emphasis on quality-of-life issues, such as our patient’s ability to speak, eat and maintain their appearance.”

David Goldenberg, MD, FACS

Medrobotics Flex Robotic System

Additionally, we are the second academic institution in the nation to offer a new robotic surgery tool, the Medrobotics Flex Robotic System. This device was designed specifically with the head and neck cancer patient in mind. With a flexible microscope and instruments, it allows our head and neck surgeons increased access to tumors in difficult to reach areas while avoiding an open surgery.

The MedRobotics Flex Robotic System offers a minimally invasive solution for head and neck surgical procedures. This revolutionary system provides patients with faster recovery and return to normal speech and swallowing following surgery. With less pain, fewer complications and no visible scarring, the MedRobotics Flex Robotic System overcomes limitations of traditional surgery. 

Patient experience

Learn more about a Lancaster County man who opted for this treatment instead of traditional surgery: Surgery with Flex Robotic System

Patient Benefits 

The Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) offers head and neck cancer patients numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less blood loss
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement
  • No tracheotomy
  • Minimize or eliminate need for chemoradiation therapy
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fast recovery, return to normal speech and swallowing
  • Excellent cancer control

These two systems are revolutionary in surgery and enable doctors to operate with unmatched precision, dexterity and control. By overcoming the limitations of traditional surgery, these surgical robots are allowing for safe, minimally invasive approaches to head and neck cancers. 

Our Providers

Make an appointment

To make an appointment with the experts in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Health, call 800-243-1455 or 717-531-6822.

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Referring physicians

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