Jefferson University Hospitals

Robotic and Reconstructive Surgeries

Transoral Robotic Surgery

To treat cancer of the tongue, tonsils, voice box or throat, Jefferson is one of the few hospitals in the Delaware Valley to offer a new surgical procedure, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), utilizing the da Vinci® Surgical System. Our highly skilled head and neck surgeons have performed this procedure many times with good outcomes.

TORS allows improved access to the pharynx and larynx with a magnified binocular view and articulating instruments. These technical advantages facilitate removal of traditionally difficult-to-reach tumors. By removing cancers to negative margins, the need for radiation and chemotherapy is minimized. Early results show that patients enjoy a quicker recovery with excellent oncologic control and functional outcomes.

Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction

Surgical removal of malignant tumors in the head and neck frequently leads to disabling cosmetic deformities and functional disabilities, such as being unable to talk or swallow. One of the most important advances in reconstructive surgery has been the development of microvascular free tissue transfer. These techniques involve harvesting flaps of healthy tissue with their blood supply from remote sites in the body and implanting the tissue in the surgical site. Commonly reconstructed areas include the tongue, jaw, esophagus, pharynx, and skin of the face and scalp.

Our success rate of 97 percent in microvascular reconstructive procedures is comparable to published data from major head and neck surgery programs. These numbers establish Jefferson as one of the busiest head and neck microvascular reconstructive programs in the country.