At best, the performance of a lingual tonsillectomy is unpleasant for both patient and physician. The anatomic location can be difficult to properly isolate, bleeding can be substantial, and the patient can experience substantial postoperative pain. Leonardis and collaborators expanded the domain of the surgical robot by using it to perform this procedure on 16 pediatric patients aged 5 to 19 years. The authors found, as with any new procedure, that skill improved with practice, and that the postoperative complications diminished with increasing experience, suggesting that there is a place for robotic surgery in the upper airway of children.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(10):981. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.2604