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Head and Neck Cancer Surgical Options

People with head, neck, or throat cancer are in good hands at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Our surgeons are experts in minimally invasive and robotic techniques to remove cancerous and noncancerous head and neck tumors.

Surgical treatment for head and neck cancer often goes hand in hand with medical oncology or radiation therapy for the most success.

You and your surgeon will discuss your options and the best approach for your type of cancer.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer

Traditional head and neck cancer surgery can leave people with:

  • Visible scars.
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing.
  • A lengthy recovery.

Today, surgeons can remove many head and neck tumors using minimally invasive and robotic surgeries.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's surgical oncologists are highly trained in many advanced technologies and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Minimally invasive surgery uses small “keyhole” cuts to remove your tumor.

Robotic surgery can help the surgeon achieve an even greater degree of precision with little scarring and disruption to how you:

  • Breathe
  • Swallow
  • Speak

The robotic surgery system at UPMC uses a 3D image processor with interactive mechanical arms.

The joints on the arms follow the motions of the surgeon's hands. A camera arm allows the surgeon to see a detailed view of the procedure.

Compared to other approaches, minimally invasive and robotic head and neck surgery:

  • Allows for smaller cuts.
  • Reduces post-op pain.
  • Shortens the length of your hospital stay.
  • Enables a quicker return to daily activities.

Contact Us About Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

Call 412-647-2811 to learn more about surgical options for treating head and neck cancer. Or, make an appointment for head and neck cancer care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Doctors and Robots: A Powerful Team in Cancer Surgery

Doctors and Robots: A Powerful Team in Cancer Surgery

"Robot-assisted surgery makes it possible to eliminate many of the most worrisome parts of removing head and neck cancer.”

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