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Applying Robotic Technology to the Neck and Thyroid

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Operating_Rm_2.jpgUsing robotic surgery, one of the minimally invasive approaches used at M. D. Anderson, surgeons are able to minimize trauma, to maximize outcomes and enable patients to return to their normal lives more quickly.

Chris Holsinger, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, is applying this technology to the neck and thyroid gland. He was the first ENT surgeon in the United States to perform a robotic thyroidectomy, using Dr. Woong Youn Chung's technique, which allows the removal of tumors from these sites through an incision in the upper arm without carbon dioxide insufflation.

Among those who have benefited from this procedure is cancer survivor Cheryl Michel. In the latest episode of Cancer Newsline, Holsinger highlights the technique and Michel discusses how it helped her.


Listen to Dr. Holsinger and Cheryl Michel


Cancer Newsline is a weekly audio series that features the most current information on cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Each episode is available on the M. D. Anderson site or on iTunes.

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That is very interesting. My husband has had a left and right massive neck dissection. He has lot's of scar tissue in his neck. Would this procedure benefit him. Could you go through the arm and remove scar tissue in his neck. His surgeon says there is nothing that can be done, due to cutting again on his neck would lead to more scar tissue?

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