Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS, Da Vinci Robotic Surgery)
For select patients who have collapse of the airway in the base of the tongue at night, Dr. Pasha may suggest using the newest technology, the da Vinci Robot, to access the base of tongue. Robotic technology requires special certification. The advantage of utilizing the robot is to allow for better visualization and better access to the deeper portion of the throat.
The robot is utilized in the operating room while you are asleep. The robot is positioned and then, using a 3-D image, small “arms” are able to reduce the size of the tongue base using a variety of methods.
For some sleep apneic patients and snorers, the tongue may fall back during sleep causing obstruction and snoring. The purpose of reducing the base of tongue is to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway at night. Using the da Vinci Robot for sleep apnea is a developing technology that has not been FDA approved specifically for sleep apnea.