Mr Ofo was one of the first UK surgeons to obtain dedicated fellowship training in robotic head and neck surgery prior to consultant appointment 5 years ago.
He is one of the UK’s leading robotic head and neck surgeons having developed London’s first regular robotic head and neck cancer surgery service at St George’s Hospital in 2015.
WHAT IS ROBOTIC SURGERY?
Robotic surgery is one of the latest technological advances in surgery, that overcomes the restrictions experienced by traditional surgery techniques. It is a form of minimally invasive surgery which allows the surgeon to carry out complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than has been possible with conventional techniques. Robotic surgery has been used successfully within the UK since 2001 in more than seventy hospitals.
WHY IS ROBOTIC HEAD & NECK SURGERY USEFUL?
Compared to conventional surgery, transoral robotic (TORS) head and neck surgery allows for operations in the throat using natural openings (i.e. the mouth) without the need for neck incisions. It permits more precise surgery using a high definition, three-dimensional (3D) camera, that allows the surgeon to observe tissues close up, and the fully articulating miniaturised robot arms mimics the movement of the surgeon’s hands, are able to move in more planes and much tighter spaces than the human hand is capable. As TORS is minimally invasive, it drastically reduces the amount of time a patient spends in hospital and the risk of acquiring infections.
ADVANTAGES OF ROBOTIC SURGERY
The advantages of using a surgical robot includes:
Smaller or no incisions & less scarring
Reduced blood loss
Less pain after surgery
Shorter hospital stay
Quicker recovery time
Quicker return to normal activity
Decreased risk of infection
COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ROBOTIC SURGERY
Robotic surgery like all other types of surgery carries some risk, some of which may be similar to those of conventional surgery, such as the small risk of infection and bleeding. However, your surgeon will discuss all possible risks with you should you wish to proceed with Robotic Surgery.
IS ROBOTIC SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Robotic surgery isn’t an option for everyone, your surgeon will discuss the options available to you.