TORS (Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery)
For patients diagnosed with tumors of the mouth and throat, trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS) provides a minimally invasive treatment option that results in fewer scars and quicker recoveries. It is a highly precise technique designed for areas that are otherwise hard to reach.
TORS uses miniaturized robotic tools inserted through your mouth to reach tumors of the voice box, tonsils, base of the tongue and other areas of the throat.
Why choose the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for TORS?
The Head and Neck Oncology Clinic at the Cancer Center is the only cancer clinic in South and Central Texas offering a team approach to head and neck cancer. Our care includes:
- Advanced technology: Our doctors are highly trained and experienced in TORS and the da Vinci® Surgical System—an advanced robotic platform that gives surgeons a very precise way to operate in small and hard-to-reach areas.
- High cure rates: We have been very successful at achieving excellent cure rates using TORS.
- Collaborative care: Your treatment team will discuss whether you are a candidate for TORS after carefully reviewing all of your diagnostic information and the recommendations of their colleagues at our weekly tumor board meeting.
The benefits of trans-oral robotic surgery at the Cancer Center
Side effects from traditional open surgery on tumors of the mouth and throat can be substantial. For example, nerve or tissue damage from surgery may make normal eating impossible or permanently affect your voice. In addition, these surgeries often take an entire day and can cause injury or disfigurement as a result of having to break a patient’s jaw.
Compared to traditional, open surgeries, the benefits of TORS are significant. They include:
- A complete tumor removal—which means less radiation therapy or chemotherapy required after surgery
- Shorter procedures
- Quicker recoveries
- Fewer risks and side effects (such as a broken jaw, voice loss, problems eating or tracheotomy)
- Critical functions, such as speech and swallowing are preserved
- Little to no visible scarring
Make an appointment
To request an appointment or to make a referral to one of our physicians, call 210-450-1000.
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