Ear, Nose and Throat

Throat cancer refers to a category of conditions that includes: tonsil cancer, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the pharynx and tongue cancer.


When medication and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve your symptoms, surgery is often recommended to treat many conditions. For many years, traditional open surgery has been the standard approach to treating many head and neck conditions, including throat cancer. Yet, with open surgery there is risk for significant pain, trauma, possible disfigurement, a long recovery and damage to surrounding organs and nerves.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available that allow surgeons to access the target anatomy without a large external incision.

da Vinci Surgery

For complex cases, robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery may be the most effective and least invasive treatment choice. Through tiny 1-2 cm incisions, da Vinci surgeons can operate with greater vision, precision, dexterity and control to minimize the pain and risks associated with large incisions.

Benefits of da Vinci Surgery

For most patients, robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System offers numerous benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

Find a da Vinci Surgeon

Visit the da Vinci Surgeons page to see which physicians have been trained and certified to use the da Vinci Surgical System.


Information and images provided courtesy of Intuitive Surgical.