Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

Loma Linda University Medical Center has been leading the way in robotic surgery since 2011, providing our patients with minimally invasive, surgeon-directed, robotic-assisted surgeries using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System. Today, surgeons at Loma Linda do more successful robotic surgeries each year than any other teaching hospital west of the Mississippi.

What Is Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS)?

Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is the most advanced surgical treatment of tumors of the mouth and throat. TORS is minimally invasive and performed via direct access through the mouth. It provides our surgeons with a close-up high definition view, precision and control. The robotic surgery system can’t work without a surgeon controlling it, and it can’t make decisions on its own.

What Is TORS Used For?

TORS has been used in many different ways in head and neck (ENT) surgery, but most often, robotic surgery is used for tumors of the throat. TORS has been very useful in treating Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) related throat cancers.

What Happens During the TORS Procedure?

An extremely thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end of the instrument – called a laparoscope – is inserted through the mouth and throat. Sitting at a nearby console, the surgeon can clearly and easily see everything in high definition. From the console, the surgeon controls the robot's every movement. Guided robotic hands imitate the surgeon's exact movements, moving more precisely than a human hand.

TORS is the best technology available today, and our surgeons have years of experience with TORS procedures.

What Are the Benefits of TORS?

Besides being minimally invasive, use of TORS may reduce or remove the need for radiation as the first treatment for early throat cancers, or it may allow for a lower dosage of radiation and chemotherapy.

Use of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System greatly reduces the need for reconstructive surgery, and there is no need for blood donation. And because the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System precisely removes the entire tumor without damaging the tissue around it, there is a reduced need for additional treatment.

Patients have better outcomes because they have:

  • Less pain
  • No visible scars
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Reduced need for additional treatment

Why Put Your Trust In Loma Linda University Surgical Hospital?

The surgeons at Loma Linda University Surgical Hospital have years of diagnostic and surgical experience working with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System.

Our surgeons are:

  • Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery experts
  • Highly skilled surgeons
  • Leaders in their field
  • Compassionate caregivers
  • Providers of whole person health care

Working from our mission “to make man whole,” these surgeons use robotic surgery as part of a treatment plan that moves beyond symptoms and looks to provide whole person health care–offering solutions for body, mind and spirit.

Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery Surgeon *

  • Dr. Pedro Andrade
  • Dr. Paul Walker
  • Dr. Daniel Kwon

* Accepting adults at this time, but not accepting children at this time. Please contact your provider's office to verify insurance coverage.