A 'flexible' option for robotic surgery

Hard-to-reach areas of the throat are now accessible to surgeons treating conditions like cancer and sleep apnea, thanks to the Flex System, manufactured by MedRobotics. Ken Scher, 64, had a cancerous tonsil removed using this innovative technology. Because of that, Dr. Gady Har-El, chief of head and neck surgery and oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital, was able to avoid any cutting to Ken's jaw. This approach results in less pain and less recovery time for the patient, said Dr. Peter Costantino, director of the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital. In Ken's case, he was back home about three days after surgery and back to long-distance cycling shortly after.

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