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Transoral Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer

Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify which patients are eligible for transoral robotic and laser surgery
  • Distinguish the differences between transoral surgery and traditional treatment strategies, both surgical and radiation-based
  • Identify key features of "inside-out" anatomy of the upper aerodigestive tract
  • Describe advantages and technique of margin mapping
  • Relate potential advantages that may be realized with transoral robotic surgery
  • Identify basic transoral laser microsurgery instrumentation and operative complications
  • Identify key technical mistakes to avoid
  • Discuss postoperative management of patients treated with transoral surgery

Optional Workshop Objectives

Upon conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Practice instrumentation in fresh cadaveric models for the use of the surgical robot, the micromanipulator and laser fiber delivery systems
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of "inside-out" endoscopic surgical anatomy

Attendance at this Mayo course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.