Surgical robotics in otolaryngology: Expanding the technology envelope

Christine G. Gourin, David J. Terris

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Purpose of review: Surgical robotics arose as an extension of virtual reality and robotic technology developed by the United States Department of Defense. Current surgical robotic systems have been used to perform a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Recent findings: The Food and Drug Administration recently granted approval for the clinical use of two surgical robotic systems. Laboratory and clinical experience suggests that the use of surgical robotics is associated with some distinct advantages and disadvantages when compared with conventional open procedures. Robotic surgery has recently been described in the head and neck, and as a result the otolaryngologist should have a basic understanding of the potential applications of surgical robotics in head and neck surgery. Summary: Surgical robotic technology is evolving but appears to have a distinct place in the surgical armamentarium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Da Vinci
  • Endoscopic
  • Head and neck
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic
  • Zeus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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