Transoral Robotic Surgery
Our Head and Neck Cancer Program offers the most advanced surgical techniques for treatment of head and neck cancer patients. The newest surgical technique is transoral robotic surgery (TORS). TORS is used to treat tumors at the back of the tongue and throat (pharynx and larynx). It is much less invasive than conventional surgery. Patients may return home after only a day or two in the hospital without experiencing the long-term effects on swallowing and voice typical of more invasive techniques. The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) was the first center in the region to offer this specialized surgery, and our surgeons are national leaders in robotic surgery. Our center is the only site in the Pacific Northwest offering an NIH-sponsored clinical trial exploring the use of robotic surgery to reduce the need for potentially more toxic therapies like chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancer. If you have a head and neck cancer, our surgeons will be able determine if TORS is an appropriate treatment modality for you.