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Head and Neck Surgery


da Vinci surgery is the recommended treatment for thyroid cancer and throat cancer when non-surgical treatments are not successful at relieving symptoms. Throat cancer includes tonsil cancer, cancer of the larynx (laryngeal cancer), cancer of the pharynx (pharyngeal cancer) and tongue cancer.

Traditional open surgery has been the standard procedure for treatment of many head and neck conditions - often with a greater risk of significant pain, possible disfigurement, long recovery and damage to surrounding organs and nerves.

Using the less invasive da Vinci Surgery System, surgeons can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risks associated with large incisions improving your recovery experience and outcome.

da Vinci Surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a conventional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Excellent cancer control
  • Fewer complications
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement
  • No tracheotomy
  • Minimization or elimination of need for chemotherapy
  • Preservation of larynx (voice box) 
  • Fast return to normal speech and swallowing 

Our da Vinci specialists
Jeff Jorgensen, MD   Robert Zitsch, MD

Am I a candidate for da Vinci surgery?
If you would like to discuss your surgical options with one of our head and neck surgeons, please call one of the following clinic locations to schedule a new patient consultation:

If you wish to be seen at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, please call (573) 882-8445.
If you wish to be seen at the ENT and Allergy Center of Missouri, please call (573) 817-3000.
If you wish to be seen at the ENT and Otolaryngology Clinic located at University Physicians Medical Building, please call (573) 882-7903.




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