Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) can be considered an extension of transoral microscopic laser surgery. The microscope is replaced by an endoscope that provides the surgeon with a three-dimensional view of the surgical field. The surgeon operates from a console that controls the arms of the patient cart. These arms hold miniaturized surgical instruments that are transorally inserted into the patient, enabling tumor resection. Exposure is ensured by various mouth gags. The use of various endoscopes (0°, 30°), a work radius of 540° for instruments, and a zoom function provides significant advantages over the common transoral laser techniques. With this article we report our first experience with this technique and believe that it may provide significant advantages. However, thorough clinical testing in Germany is required before conclusions can be drawn.
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