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What is TORS (Transoral Robotic Surgery)?
TORS is minimally-invasive robotic surgery technique that enables head and neck surgeons to remove benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and throat. Small robotic arms and a high definition three-dimensional camera are inserted through the patient's mouth and the surgeon removes the tumor. The robot does not do the surgery. Your surgeon performs the surgery from a console at the side of the patient.
What is a Neck Dissection and Why Might the Patient Need This?
Lymph nodes are small ball-shaped tissues that serve as our body filters. They are distributed throughout our body.
A neck dissection is a surgical procedure that removes neck lymph nodes which harbor cancer cells that have migrated to neck nodes (neck metastasis) and or potential sites of neck metastasis. The procedure removes of mainly fat and lymph nodes with preservation of other important neck structures. The incision is closed in a very cosmetic fashion.
I am going to undergo a parotidectomy surgery for a tumor in my parotid saliva gland, and what kind of scar will I have?
There are a variety of incisions that can be used to perform this operation, including incisions that go in front of the ear and curve into a neck crease line. However, most often it is possible to use an incision that is similar or identical to incisions used in cosmetic surgery, in other words, a facelift incision. This incision allows for the scar to be hidden from view, and avoids a visible incision in the neck with an excellent cosmetic result.
In addition, a variety of materials can be used to minimize or eliminate the soft tissue defect or hollow area after a portion of the saliva gland is removed along with the tumor. This can include acellular collagen substrates or fat from other areas (including the belly fat around the belly button). While not necessary for all parotidectomy defects, these replacements are helpful in restoring contour for patients who have larger tumors and larger defects.