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The recovery time following TORS is significantly shorter and has fewer side effects than traditional open surgery. Most patients will be fully recovered in two weeks and can resume some normal activities, such as driving, walking and some duties at work. This will vary based on the extent of your surgery and expected healing time. Talk to your physician about what to expect.
Most patients who have benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and neck are candidates for this surgery. These patients include those with small- to medium-sized tumors of the tonsil, soft palate and base of tongue. Some patients with larger tumors or requiring more extensive surgery may not be candidates for TORS.
This depends on the patient and how quickly they recover. It varies with each patient, but typically most patients are able to have their swallowing tube removed before being discharged from the hospital. Others may have to keep the tube in place for a longer period of time to receive adequate nutrition.
If you have to have go home with a feeding tube, you and your family members will be trained in how to maintain the tube. In most cases, the tube is removed in less than two weeks.
This is determined if there are any cancer cells found in the lymph nodes (through neck resection). Even if your ENT decides that you need additional treatment, it will most likely be decreased in intensity since the major site of the cancer has been removed through TORS.
Find a doctor specializing in TORS by calling 919-350-8900.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610