Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeons have extensive experience using advanced surgical techniques, such as transoral robotic surgery, to provide personalized care to people with mouth and throat cancers.

About transoral robotic surgery

During transoral robotic surgery, your surgeon sits at a remote control console a short distance from you and the operating table and precisely controls the motion of the surgical instruments using two hand-and-finger control devices. The console displays a magnified, 3-D view of the surgical area that enables the surgeon to visualize the procedure in much greater detail than in traditional laparoscopic surgery.

Transoral robotic surgery may be used to treat:

Compared with other operations, transoral robotic surgery typically offers excellent cure rates, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, people considering transoral robotic surgery are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of experts that collaborates on care. Your team may be led by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist (otorhinolaryngologist) and include radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists.

Nationally recognized expertise

Transoral robotic surgery is a complex procedure that requires highly skilled and extensively trained surgeons. Mayo Clinic doctors are specially trained in robotic surgery procedures in order to provide you with the best care.

Mayo Clinic surgeons have used transoral techniques to remove cancer for decades. This depth of experience helps doctors identify the surgical approach that's exactly right for you.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeons have extensive experience using transoral robotic surgery to treat mouth and throat cancers. This expertise and experience ensures that your team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 30, 2017
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