What is TORS?
TORS is a type of minimally invasive robotic surgery that utilizes a machine known as the da Vinci robot to execute surgical procedures in and around the tonsils, base of the tongue, and larynx. The procedure is transoral, which means that it is performed through the mouth.
Robotic Surgery was developed in 2004-2005 for urologic, thoracic, and abdominal procedures, but it was adapted for otolaryngological use in order to reduce the duration of the surgical procedure, loss of blood, and the frequency of complications.
Since its FDA approval in 2009, TORS has been used to avoid the potentially disastrous complications of cancer removal in the neck and throat and a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Besides allowing our surgical professionals access to small and difficult to reach areas in the throat, TORS procedures also produce a shorter duration and scarless recovery with less pain and harmful side effects than traditional surgical procedures.
Side Effects and Recovery Following a TORS Procedure
Compared to traditional procedures, the recovery period following TORS is significantly less due to the decreased frequency and intensity of complications, allowing patients to resume normal activity much faster.
How Does Scottsdale ENT Use TORS?
- Reduce the side effects of traditional procedures
- Limit or eliminate the intensity of radiation therapy
- Avoid tracheostomy
- Shorten hospital stays
- Reduce post-op complications
- Eliminate scarring
- Typical candidates for TORS include patients with cancer in the tonsils, tongue base, or larynx who are not seeing positive results from other treatment options.
- In addition, patients who receive inadequate or no benefit from the use of CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy are considered for TORS.
A Few Of Our Delighted Patients
Thousands of patients have been served by the professional, cutting edge service
provided by Scottsdale Ear, Nose, and Throat over the years. We’ve included some of the
comments from a few of our delighted patients.
Dr. Cheryl Mackechnie is excellent to work with.
She Performed my surgery this month and was very resposive and available to me afterwards when I had question/concerns. I would definitely recommend Dr. Mackechnie!
They are wonderful to work with
I have been here as a patient for nearly 5 years, and they are wonderful to work with. The staff is very careful these days with all patients to ensure there is minimal contact and patients are treated with professionalism and respect. I highly recommend this office!
Dr. Heiland was full of good advice
I was there pre covid and everyone was very nice especially the office manager. The testing lady was excellent too and Dr Heiland was full of good advice and very easy to talk to.
They listened to my issues and concerns
Unfortunately - I'm a lifetime award winner for allergy/sinus issues, which in many cases, requires short-term assistance from experienced professionals. I called Dr. Heiland's office and secured an appointment within 48 hours. Bridget (PA) and the audiologist were both superb.
Debbie is the best audiologist I have met in my 40 years of nursing
Very caring physicians and staff and when you have Meniere's Disease that is so important. It is very easy to get an appointment or phone call when you are having an issue. Plus Debbie is the best audiologist I have met in my 40 years of nursing.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to discuss Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) with the experts at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat, then simply complete the form on this page to schedule your appointment or call (480) 684-1080.