Transoral Robotic Surgery: Intra-operative Events / Complications
“Transoral robotic surgery is a relatively safe procedure,” Dr. Surender Dabas, Director, Department of Surgical Oncology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) Gurgaon tells the Robotic Surgeons Council of India. “But we have a few known complications, and we should anticipate those complications and avoid them.”
He describes some of the potential complications, and how surgeons and assistants need to work together to prevent them. Patient eye protection, tooth guards and robotic tool positioning are all items he addresses to his RSC audience. 5-7% of patients may have intra-operative bleeding in exess of normal. He describes how the console and assistant surgeon should manage these complications effectively. Avoidance- by knowing anatomy- is the way he suggests preventing this.
Dr. Dabas also provides more information about how to prevent post-operative bleeding, when to say “no to surgery,” and preventing neural complications.