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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Ear, Nose and Throat Treatments

Ear, nose and throat surgeons at Loyola offer Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for operations of the mouth, throat and voice box.  This surgical approach, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2009, provides ENT surgeons enhanced capabilities for working in a tight space, allowing for exceptional visualization, control and precision.

Using this minimally invasive approach, surgeons can magnify a tumor at different angles rather than trying to peer inside the mouth. The wristed robotic arm can make incisions from angles that challenged surgeons in the past. In addition, previous instruments for these operations were 15 cm long and would tremor under the calmest hand. Now the surgeon’s movements are translated to the robotic arm and the miniaturized instruments. The new robotic approach eliminates unwanted movements and gives surgeons complete control.

The advantages of robotic surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • No external scar
  • Potentially shorter surgery time
  • Quicker return to previous function and normal living


This technique is approved by the FDA for tumor/lesion surgeries of:

  • The pharynx (throat), both benign and malignant, sizes T1-T2
  • The oropharynx (tonsils, base of tongue)
  • The hypopharynx (lower throat)
  • The larynx (voice box)

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