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Robotic system passed clinical trial in transoral endoscopic head and neck surgery



Robotic-assisted surgery has recently gained popularities in several surgical specialties as it is a less invasive approach to improve the functional outcomes and quality of life of patients. Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS), a novel single-port flexible robotic system, has developed steadily to allow instruments to be deployed through the oral cavity to reach the nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx and larynx. The study “Prospective clinical trial to evaluate safety and feasibility of using a single port flexible robotic system for transoral head and neck surgery” concluded that this robotic system appears safe and feasible in the use of transoral endoscopic head and neck surgery. Besides, it advances the repertoire of minimally invasive surgery – that allows improved visualisation and increased flexibility during surgical procedures. (Oral Oncol. 2019 Jul;94:101-105. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2019.05.018. Epub 2019 May 28.)


Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Jason Chan in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, CUHK. Prof Chan’s research focuses on HPV associated oropharyngeal carcinoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and the application of robotics in Head and Neck Surgery.

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