Issue N# 4 - 2011
HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Navigation in head and neck oncological surgery: An emerging concept
Authors : Gangloff P, Mastronicola R, Cortese S, Phulpin B, Sergeant C, Guillemin F, Eluecque H, Perrot C, Dolivet G. (Vandœuvre les Nancy)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2011;132,4:203-207.
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Navigation surgery, initially applied in rhinology, neurosurgery and orthopaedic cases, has been developed over the last twenty years. Surgery based on computed tomography data has become increasingly important in the head and neck region. The technique for hardware fusion between RMI and computed tomography is also becoming more useful. We use such device since 2006 in head and neck carcinologic situation. Navigation allows control of the resection in order to avoid and protect the precise anatomical structures (vessels and nerves). It also guides biopsy and radiofrequency. Therefore, quality of life is much more increased and morbidity is decreased for these patients who undergo major and mutilating head and neck surgery. Here we report the results of 33 navigation procedures performed for 31 patients in our institution.
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