- GW Head and Neck Cancer Program
- Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
A multidisciplinary team of head and neck specialists at the GW Cancer Center works to develop a treatment plan based on the cancer’s location and stage. Patients may receive minimally invasive laser surgery, open surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Treatment is individualized while following established national guidelines.
Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS)
Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS) is available for some conditions of the head and neck, including select cancers. During transoral procedures, a surgeon operates through the patient’s mouth instead of long incision through the throat and jaw, avoiding facial disfigurement and a tracheotomy. In the case of robotic-assisted transoral procedures, the surgeon has the benefit of 3-D visualization as the camera gets close to the surgical field.
Conditions which are now being treated with transoral robotic-assisted surgery include:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and swallowing therapists
- Certified Lymphedema therapists
The da Vinci® Surgical System
Surgeons at GW Hospital use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robotic gynecologic surgeries for endometriosis, hysterectomy and myomectomy. Benefits of robotic surgery include fewer complications, less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.