Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is a minimally invasive procedure for head and neck tumors (benign or malignant).

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute in Knoxville, Tennessee treats tumors located in the throat, mouth and tonsils. These areas of the mouth can be challenging to reach and traditionally removed through extensive surgeries requiring a large incision and cutting of the bottom jaw. Traditional techniques often require longer hospital stays, rehabilitation and increased risk of infection.

What is Transoral Robotic Surgery?

Advances in technology using robotic surgical techniques for head and neck tumors are now available with DaVinci Surgical System. TORS is a surgical approach using a guided endoscope to provide high resolution 3-D images to the surgeon for difficult to reach areas. Using the minimally invasive robotics, tumors are able to be dissected with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

This technique is led by experienced surgeons, Christopher J. Rathfoot, MD and Allan M. Rosenbaum, MD at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute.

Patient Benefits of TORS:
  • Less invasive
  • Shorter hospital stay and speedier recovery
  • Less visible scarring
  • Faster return to speaking and swallowing
  • Less risk of complications associated with open surgery

For more information, contact Greater Knoxville Ear, Nose and Throat Associates at 865.521.8050