First robotic operation on head and neck cancer patient


In October, Karolinska’s first robotic surgical operation in the field of head & neck cancer was performed on a patient.

Applause rang around the operating theatre when the tumours were removed, and there was great satisfaction among the team who finished off Karolinska's first robotic surgical operation on a head & neck cancer patient.

"The operation went really well, with no complications. The use of the robot makes it possible for the operation to be performed with even greater precision, and it is a really good way of removing the tumour", explains surgeon Mathias von Beckerath.

"The robot will become a good addition for patients with hard-to-reach tumours in the throat. In the future, robot surgery could become an alternative to radiation treatment in certain patients", he continues.