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Imperial Private Healthcare offers pioneering robotic-assisted surgery for tongue and throat cancer

Mr Zaid Awad, a consultant otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon at Imperial Private Healthcare in London, is dramatically improving the quality of life for patients with tongue and throat cancer through state-of-the-art robotic surgery.


Imperial Private Healthcare patients are benefiting from the use of a pioneering robotic-assisted surgical treatment for tongue and throat cancer.

Specific tumours are now being removed through the mouth in a surgical procedure called Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS), leading to quicker recovery and less side effects than standard treatments which have been known to cause long-term speech and swallowing problems.

The procedure uses the high-tech DaVinci robotic system, which has a 3D high definition vision and small surgical instruments. The instruments rotate far more than the human wrist, meaning the surgeon controlling the system can see inside the patient’s mouth in great detail and make precise incisions.

The private facility and its affiliated NHS Trust, Imperial College Healthcare, are one of only a handful of centres in the country offering this type of advanced surgery for hard-to-reach oropharyngeal cancers which affect the middle part of the throat. The technique is also available to private patients for other conditions such as sleep apnoea and snoring.


Read more about this exciting new treatment in The View, an inside look at the world-class care provided by Imperial Private Healthcare

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