Transoral robot- assisted carbon dioxide laser surgery for hypopharyngeal cancer.

Head & Neck

PubMedID: 25224300

Kucur C, Durmus K, Dziegielewski PT, Ozer E. Transoral robot- assisted carbon dioxide laser surgery for hypopharyngeal cancer. Head Neck. 2015;37(5):743-5.
Background: Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has been used as a novel procedure for the resection of laryngopharyngeal cancers with promising outcomes. There are several studies proposing the benefit of combining TORS with carbon dioxide (CO2 ) laser in resecting upper aerodigestive tract tumors. The aim of this study was to illustrate transoral robot- assisted carbon dioxide laser surgery (TORS-L) for hypopharyngeal cancers. Methods: A 59 year-old patient with a T1N0M0 cancer at the lateral hypopharyngeal wall was selected for TORS-L. Results: Tumor was excised in one piece with adequate surgical margins. There was no perioperative complication. The patient was extubated immediately after surgery. Oral diet was initiated within the first 24 hours. No gastrostomy or tracheostomy tube placement was required. A video demonstration of TORS-L is included. Conclusions: TORS-L hypopharyngectomy is a safe and feasible procedure for the resection of selected hypopharyngeal tumors. Head Neck, 2014.