Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) in Foley, AL

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What is transoral robotic surgery (tors)?

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is an advanced procedure that utilizes robotic technology and camera (endoscope) guidance to access and treat difficult-to-reach places in the back of the mouth and throat. This type of surgery allows Dr. Kowal to perform less invasive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and head and neck cancers. The entire procedure is performed through the patient’s mouth.

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Why is the transoral robotic surgery performed?

Dr. Kowal may use robot-assisted transoral surgery to treat:

Head and neck disorders including cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx) or larynx (voice box)
Obstructive sleep apnea
Chronic snoring associated with obstructive sleep apnea

What does the transoral robotic surgery involve?

During transoral robotic surgery, Dr. Kowal uses an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a camera on the end) to provide high-resolution visualization of the back of a patient’s mouth and throat. Since this area is hard to reach with conventional surgical tools, Dr. Kowal relies upon the cutting edge technology of transoral robotic surgery to gain access and surgically treat problem areas. The small, robotically guided instruments are inserted through the patient’s mouth and serve as an extension of the surgeon’s arms. With these instruments and the real-time imagery provided by the endoscope, Dr. Kowal can perform precise, surgical removal of tumors or other problematic tissue deep in the oral cavity, while causing minimal disruption to surrounding tissue. The precision afforded by TORS means that patients get effective treatment without invasive, open surgery and they also experience faster recovery times. 

What are the advantages of transoral robotic surgery?

Transoral robotic surgery offers numerous benefits, which vary slightly depending on the purpose of the surgery.

Benefits of Transoral Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers:

Minimally invasive compared to traditional head/neck surgeries
Tumors can be safely dissected, free from surrounding tissue
Little to no disfigurement of the head or neck
Decreased days in the hospital
Less postoperative discomfort
Improvements in swallowing and speech function are comparable to outcomes with traditional surgical methods
No invasive scars
May eliminate the need for other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, or may lessen the recommended dosage

Benefits of Transoral Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

Minimally invasive compared to traditional sleep apnea surgeries
Problem tissue or mouth and throat structures causing airway obstruction can be carefully removed with minimal disruption to surrounding tissue
Effective, long-term relief from airway obstruction
Eliminates the need for CPAP mask
Less postoperative discomfort
No invasive scars

To learn more about transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and to learn whether you may be a candidate for this breakthrough treatment, call our office at 251.943.1117 today or request a consultation at ENT Centers of Excellence by filling out the form on this page.