Robotic surgery in head and neck cancer: a review

Oral Oncol. 2010 Aug;46(8):571-6. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2010.04.005. Epub 2010 Jun 9.


The invasion of robotic technology in surgical fields cannot be ignored. Its success in various surgical disciplines especially in urology, cardiology, and gynaecology has set its own benchmarks. Extrapolation of similar results in head and neck is still in experimental stages and long term results are still eagerly awaited to truly establish its efficacy beyond awe and reality. Nonetheless, its future role in this area is inevitable given the encouraging results obtained so far. This article covers the inception to current application to speculation of robotic technology in complex area of head and neck surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / economics
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Robotics / economics
  • Robotics / instrumentation
  • Robotics / trends*