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Cancer of the Pharnyx

After a diagnosis is made and the stage (extent) of the cancer determined, your doctor will suggest treatment options. The goal of the treatment is to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading. Robotic-assisted surgery is one of the available treatments for cancer of the larynx.

Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery allows your doctor to operate through the mouth and avoid the large incision and side effects of open surgery.

Inova's state-of-the-art da VinciĀ® robotic surgical system is a tool that assists surgeons by supplying enhanced vision and precision instruments. The surgeon performs a precise operation through a few tiny incisions using the dexterity and control afforded by the platform.

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery over open surgery include:

  • Excellent cancer control
  • Low rate of complications
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement
  • Low blood loss
  • Minimal need for tracheotomy (breathing tube)
  • Minimal need for chemoradiation therapy
  • Ability to swallow
  • Short hospital stay

Talk with your surgeon about whether robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you. Or call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) for a referral to one of our da Vinci robotic surgical specialists.