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Robotic ENT Surgery

Robotic Otolaryngology-Laryngology

Safer, More Effective Outcomes

Cancer surgery of any kind is a challenging and serious treatment option. It is especially challenging when resections are required near the throat and tongue base because the space is very small and awkward, therefore limiting visualization. These surgeries have typically required large incisions through the neck and sometimes opening the bottom jaw, resulting in long hospital stays, painful rehabilitation and complications that can include difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of speaking ability and sleep apnea.

Surgery with a medical robot is an exciting alternative to conventional procedures for eligible patients and can replace both open and laparoscopic procedures in many cases. Transoral (through the mouth) robotic surgery is minimally invasive, and greatly reduces recovery times and side effects.

“The future of robotics is limitless. The machines are getting smaller and the instruments more precise. We are able to access tumors that we used to approach outside-in in an inside-out approach, allowing us to solve issues with cosmetic deformities and lowering overall morbidity and mortality.”
– Dr. David A. Opperman

Transoral Robotic Surgery with Medrobotics Flex® Robotic System


Robotic ENT Surgery Selected as the first Medrobotics training center for laryngeal robotic surgery in the world, P/SL’s Medrobotics Flex® System robot, led by fellowship- and Medrobotics-trained laryngeal surgeon Dr. Opperman, is the first system from Medrobotics west of the Mississippi.

Robotic surgery in otolaryngology with the Medrobotics Flex® Robotic System allows for better exposure, precision and outcomes for common head and neck pathology, including benign and malignant disease, treatment for sleep apnea and common laryngeal pathology. The system is also on the cutting edge of treatment for subglottic stenosis, and allows for complex treatment procedures without external incisions.

“We are able to visualize tumors and pathology more completely, plan dissections more precisely, and with the optics capability and 3D systems that are now available, we can make more precise cuts and spare more healthy tissue in the resection of malignant disease.”
– Dr. David A. Opperman

Common laryngeal head and neck procedures performed:

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Radical tonsillectomy
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) for sleep apnea
  • Tongue-base resection for sleep apnea
  • Tongue-base tumor resections
  • Parapharyngeal space tumor resections
  • Supraglottic laryngectomy
  • Subglottic stenosis excision and repair
  • Treatment of laryngeal papillomas