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Da Vinci robot-assisted excision of a vallecular cyst: A case report

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March 1, 2005
by Ian K. McLeod, MD; Patrick C. Melder, MD
The da Vinci Surgical System is a new and exciting entrant into the field of robotic technology. This system is undergoing considerable research and is being practically applied in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, urology, and gynecology. We have previously described our experience with the da Vinci system in the laboratory setting, and we have reviewed its potential applications in otolaryngology. Here we present a case report of the first da Vinci'assisted excision of a vallecular cyst in a human. Although we initially encountered some difficulties in the setup, we were able to perform the procedure with moderate ease and without complication. The potential of the da Vinci system in otolaryngology is promising. Further research is needed to explore all of its possible uses in our field.

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