Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

Cancers at the back of the throat can be difficult to remove. In the past, surgery in this area required a large neck incision and often splitting the jaw bone. This meant a long hospital stay, and rehabilitation. Patients often had speaking and swallowing problems after surgery.

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a vastly improved method for removing cancers in this area. Patients recover much more quickly, with a much shorter hospital stay and fewer problems speaking or swallowing. Surgeons at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute were the first to perform TORS for cancer in the Pacific Northwest. We offer the most experienced TORS surgeons in the region, and frequently teach this minimally invasive technique to other surgeons in Oregon and across the country.

Our surgeons are nationally recognized experts in TORS and are actively involved in developing new robotic technologies for people with head and neck cancer.

Benefits of TORS include:

  • Less effect on speaking and swallowing than traditional surgery
  • Less swelling, scarring and infection risk
  • Faster recovery

Learn more about transoral robotic surgery

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Get a free head and neck cancer screening from an OHSU Knight Cancer Institute doctor on April 25.

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My Patient Story

When Milton’s sore throat turned out to be cancer, there wasn’t any question where he wanted to be treated: OHSU. Milton was fortunate enough to be able to benefit from transoral robotic surgery.

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