Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) | Loyola Medicine

Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

Ear, nose and throat surgeons (ENT) at Loyola Medicine offer transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for the mouth, throat and voice box. This surgical approach provides ENT surgeons enhanced capabilities for working in this tiny part of the body, allowing for exceptional visualization, control and precision.

Using this minimally invasive robotic 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 centimeters 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:

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

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

  • Hypopharynx (lower throat)
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Oropharynx (tonsils, base of tongue)
  • Pharynx (throat)

At Loyola, you will be treated by doctors who are leaders in their field, employing the latest technology and the most advanced treatment options for your particular condition.