The emergence of endoscopic head and neck surgery

Curr Oncol Rep. 2010 May;12(3):216-22. doi: 10.1007/s11912-010-0097-0.


Endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques represent a natural evolution for the discipline of head and neck surgery. Endoscopic head and neck surgery (eHNS) encompasses transoral laser microsurgery, transoral robotic surgery, as well as video-assisted and robotic surgery of the neck and thyroid. In the next 5 years, with robotic surgery and laser technology as a common platform, we foresee the development and widespread use of eHNS procedures, via transoral and transaxillary approaches.

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Robotics
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted