Applications for transoral robotic surgery in the pediatric airway

Jay K. Ferrell, Soham Roy, Ron J. Karni, Sancak Yuksel

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Objectives/Hypothesis To report preliminary experience in the utilization of transoral robotic surgical (TORS) techniques in pediatric airway surgery. Study Design Retrospective case series. Methods A retrospective chart review was performed on all pediatric patients undergoing robotic airway surgery at a university-based children's hospital between August 2010 and December 2012. Results Three pediatric patients underwent robotic repair of various airway anomalies between August 2010 and December 2012. Case 1 is a 15-year-old boy with posterior glottic stenosis for which a robotic-assisted posterior cricoid split with cartilage graft placement was attempted but ultimately required conversion to an open technique. Case 2 is a 6-year-old male with Trisomy 21 who had robotic-assisted endoscopic repair of a type II laryngeal cleft, with subsequent resolution of his chronic aspiration and successful initiation of oral feeding. Case 3 is a 3-year-old female who underwent robotic-assisted left posterior cordectomy and subtotal arytenoidectomy for idiopathic bilateral vocal cord paralysis, resulting in improved Passy-Muir valve tolerance. Conclusion TORS is being increasingly utilized in the field of head and neck surgery as it is frequently less invasive and often demonstrates improved outcomes compared with traditional approaches. This study details our experience utilizing TORS in the management of pediatric airway anomalies and represents one of the earliest such series in the literature. Although TORS has the potential to improve the management of pediatric airway disorders, larger, prospective studies are needed to better elucidate its feasibility and efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2630-2635
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Transoral robotic surgery
  • endoscopic airway surgery
  • pediatric airway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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