Robotic transmaxillary approach to the lateral infratemporal fossa: A preclinical cadaveric study using a next-generation single-port robotic system HEAD AND NECK-JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES AND SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK Turner, M. T., Topf, M. C., Holsinger, F., Chan, J. 2021


Robotic transmaxillary skull base surgery has been described using multiport systems. This cadaveric study investigates the feasibility of transmaxillary skull base surgery using a next-generation robot. An extended Caldwell-Luc antrostomy, measuring 3.3?cm by 4.0 cm, was performed in 15?min using a Kerrison rongeur and the robotic endoscope. A single-port, robotic system (da Vinci Sp®, Intuitive Surgical, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) was then deployed throught the extended Caldwell-Luc approach and provided sufficient reach, visualization, and maneuverability to work within the pterygopalatine fossa (PPF) and the infratemporal fossa (ITF) using three surgical instruments. The ITF dissection was easiest with two instruments using the third instrument to retract the muscles of mastication. This study demonstrates the feasibility of single-port robotic transmaxillary approaches to the lateral ITF. Using a single-port robotic system, the operating surgeon can for the first time work in the PPF and ITF using two functional arms for tumor dissection and a third to retract.

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