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Invited Commentary
January 2007

Robotic Surgery in the Pediatric Airway—Invited Commentary

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133(1):50. doi:10.1001/archotol.133.1.50

Robotic surgery has found its way into numerous specialties and in some cases has become the procedure of choice. Robotic surgical procedures of the prostate, heart, and abdominal organs are examples of the clinical application of this technology. Applications in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery have been slow to develop because (1) access has always been readily gained through body orifices and (2) the skin in the head and neck region heals superbly well. However, the growing potential for otolaryngologists to use surgical robots to perform delicate operations with fine motor control and minimal tremor is creating a greater demand for their use, particularly for procedures involving small structures.

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