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Transoral robotic surgery has shown significant promise in the management of oropharyngeal cancer since its description in 2007. The oncological efficacy of this procedure has been proven in several single-centre studies, multicentre collaborative publications and systematic reviews. The rapid take-up of transoral robotic surgery shows greater acceptance by professionals and is associated with a relatively short learning curve. This overview discusses the rationale and principles underlying the use of transoral robotic surgery in primary and recurrent oropharyngeal cancer and the emerging role for this technique in diagnosing the unknown primary site, and summarizes ongoing research in this field.

Original publication




Journal article


ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec

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156 - 170


Oropharyngeal cancer, Robotic surgery, Transoral route, Humans, Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery, Neoplasm Recurrence, Local, Oropharyngeal Neoplasms, Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures, Robotic Surgical Procedures