BRADENTON — Manatee Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the region to offer the latest technology in head and neck surgery using the da Vinci Transoral Robotic Surgery for treatment of tumors of the oropharynx (throat, base of tongue and tonsils) and for sleep apnea.
Dr. Axay Kalathia, an otolaryngologist, (ears, nose and throat physician) recently performed the first surgery at the hospital.
Robotic surgery allows surgeons to operate through the mouth with a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and specialinstruments that bend and rotate with far greater range than the human wrist, enabling surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Benefits of treating patients with tumors include: reduced operative time with improved swallowing function compared with traditional surgery; more rapid recovery with shorter hospitalization compared with traditional surgery; better identification of which patients will benefit from chemotherapy and radiation therapy (rather than giving these treatments with their side effects to all patients routinely); and potentially reduced doses and areas of radiation needed, thus further lowering the risk of swallowing dysfunction.
For patients with sleep apnea, the robotic technology reduces obstruction at the base of the tongue. The robotic approach affords greater precision, improved access and enhanced visualization, thus allowing a safer, more effective surgical result.
“Robotic technology and minimally invasive techniques have revolutionized the treatment of head and neck diseases. We are fortunate to be able to offer this service. Having Dr. Kalathia perform these procedures is a great benefit to our patients and community,” said Kevin DiLallo, chief executive officer, Manatee Healthcare System, group vice president, Universal Health Services Inc.