Comparison of da Vinci Single Port vs Si Systems for Transoral Robotic-Assisted Surgery A Review With Technical Insights

Nicholas Oberhelman, Jennifer Bruening, Ryan S. Jackson, Kathryn M. Van Abel, Baran Sumer, F. Christopher Holsinger, Jason Y.K. Chan, Neil D. Gross, Daniel R. Clayburgh, Peter E. Andersen, Ryan J. Li

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IMPORTANCE Transoral robot-assisted surgery (TORS) continues to have a major role in the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer. As new iterations of robotic technology are increasingly utilized, it is important to share learning experiences and clinical outcomes data, to optimize technical efficiency and clinical care. OBSERVATIONS This was a retrospective review of a large academic institution's initial clinical use of the da Vinci Single Port (SP) compared with the da Vinci Si (Si) system. A total of 205 TORS cases were reviewed: 109 in the SP group (November 22, 2018, through September 30, 2020), and 96 in the Si group (January 1, 2016, through November 12, 2018). Both groups had comparable operative times, rates of postoperative pharyngeal hemorrhage, length of hospital stay, and duration of nasogastric feeding tube use. There was no difference in pathological characteristics, rates of positive margins, or indications for or time to initiation of adjuvant therapy between the groups. The collective experience of 6 faculty members-who have trained 139 TORS surgeons for the SP system rollout-was compiled to provide a summary of learning experiences and technical notes on safe and efficient operation of the SP system. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE This Review found that the functional and oncologic outcomes were comparable between TORS cases performed with the Si and SP systems, and they had similar complication rates. Recognized advantages of the SP over the Si system include the availability of bipolar-energized instruments, a usable third surgical arm, and improved camera image quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalJAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 8 2024


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