Oral tumors can develop throughout the mouth, larynx and oropharynx (back of the mouth where it connects with the throat). These tumors can be benign, precancerous (a condition that may become cancerous), or cancerous. Different types of growths may develop in different areas of the mouth and throat.
Common locations of benign and malignant growths in the mouth and neck:
Larynx and hypopharynx, including the supragloittis, glottis, phyriform sinus and pharyngeal wall
Oral cavity, including the tongue and area throughout the mouth
Oropharynx, including the base of the tongue, tonsils and soft palate
For patients who have been diagnosed with tumors of the head and neck, newer less invasive surgeries can offer not only faster recovery and less discomfort, but also an improved quality of life. In the past, removing a growth in the mouth, on the tongue, and in the throat often required large cuts into the lip and jaw that resulted in speech and swallowing difficulties. Now, these procedures have been perfected to allow patients to undergo tumor removal without having visible scarring. Additionally, these procedures, performed by WakeMed ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, offer excellent cancer control for patients with malignancies.
Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Surgeons can access an oral or throat tumor site through the patient’s mouth. Because the surgeon needs a smaller area to perform the operation, TORS has dramatically improved full removal of a tumor while preserving the patient's speech and swallowing ability.
TORS uses a 3-dimensional high definition video camera and robotic arms with miniaturized instruments under the full control of the surgeon to fully excise tumors of the pharynx and larynx through the mouth without external incisions. WakeMed surgeons perform this virtually scarless surgery in these small and often hard-to-reach regions in the mouth and throat, allowing the ENT to remove growths effectively.
WakeMed has board-certified ENT-Head & Neck surgeons on staff who perform minimally invasive, corrective procedures. Find the WakeMed ENT-Head & Neck surgeon by clicking or calling WakeMed Doctor Choice at 919-350-8900.