The Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery & Audiology's new robot provides new opportunities for advanced head and neck surgery with few repercussions.
American studies show that robotic surgery may be preferable when treating patients who are suffering from cancer of the throat and the upper part of the throat.
The clinic's new roboto is a Da Vinci model which is also used in other medical specialties in Danish hospitals, but this is the first time surgeons operate through the mouth with the three -armed robot.
- We can operate as if we had our hands in there. In traditional surgery for cancer of the pharynx you have to seperate the lower jaw, which is of course a major intervention, says Christian von Buchwald.
Staff from the ENT department attended clinical training in American university hospitals in April 2013 to learn minimally invasive sugery.
- We are probably the first ENT department in the world with our own robot, says Professor Christian von Buchwald. He and the department's robotics team started operations with the three armed robot in May 2013.
The robot is also used in other medical specialties in Danish hospitals, but this is the first time surgeons operate through the mouth.
A multidisciplinary team consisting of medical oncologists, oncologists and ear-nose-throat surgeons treat in close cooperation with patients suffering from cancer of the head and neck.
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