With a team of innovative surgeons, including Dr. Joseph A. Califano and Dr. Philip Weissbrod, we are developing a minimally invasive surgical platform to improve overall procedural efficiency and precision of dissection in transoral surgery within the oropharynx and larynx.
During a cadaveric lab in December 2018, a wide range of procedures within the oropharynx, larynx, and hypopharynx was found to be feasible using the Fortimedix transoral surgery platform.
Excellent accuracy (no tremor) and ease-of-use enabled delicate micro-flap elevation of the true vocal fold. The strength, range of motion and dexterity of the prototype instruments also facilitated partial laryngeal, subglottic mucosa and tongue base resection, as well as cricopharyngeal myotomy. Dr. Emily K. Funk presented the results of this initial study during the Emerging Technology Session of the SAGES 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (April 3-6, 2019).