Surgery can be a scary proposition, no matter how routine the procedure. If you need surgery, you want to learn as much as you can about your surgical options and find the physician and facility that can provide the procedure and approach right for you. This is particularly true for cancers of the head and neck, since the treatment can have profound effects on swallowing, speaking, and cosmetic appearance. Through CENTA, the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery is offering an alternative to traditional surgery.
Fortunately, minimally invasive options are available to many patients facing head and neck cancer surgery or for surgery to remove benign or malignant tumors of the thyroid gland. Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, many patients now have an effective alternative to traditional treatments for such disorders. With the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System, our surgeons can now operate on many head and neck tumors with the improved outcomes and better postoperative quality of life that is available only with robotic surgery. The da Vinci ® Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, has been utilized for several years in cardiac, urologic, and gynecologic surgery, and has been shown to give superior results to many traditional open approaches with less complications and faster recovery.
Robotic thyroid surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgery and is a refinement of the concept of laparoscopic surgery, and has only recently been FDA approved in the United States for treatment of tumors and for tumors of the thyroid, mouth, throat, and voice box. And two of CENTA's surgeons, Drs. Tod Huntley and Ed Krowiak, are among the first head and neck surgeons in the country and the first in Indiana, to be trained in these exciting robotic head and neck surgery techniques. Through our Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery, we are able to lessen the scarring, breathing problems and speech and swallowing problems that can accompany traditional head and neck cancer treatments. These new procedures also shorten recovery times for many cancer patients.
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