Head and neck robotic surgery combined with sentinel lymph node biopsy. Fascinating, but feasible?

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Abstract

Robotic approaches and sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy are both strategies that evolved driven by the need to reduce impact of head and neck oncological surgery in terms of operative timing, morbidity, hospitalization time, and aesthetic results. A comprehensive review of the scientific literature was performed on PubMed, Embase, ResearchGate, Cochrane, and CENTRAL electronic databases with the aim to discuss the role that these two approaches can play together in the management of head and neck cancers (HNCs) of various sites. Dedicated publications on the combined robotics and SLN biopsy approaches resulted, up to now very limited, while their separated application in non-shared fields is gaining strength. However, the possibility to implement and combine technologies to minimize sequelae of head and neck surgery is an interesting and evolving topic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104939
JournalOral Oncology
Volume111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Minimally invasive head and neck surgery
  • Robotic head and neck surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Transoral robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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