New Frontiers in Surgical Innovation

Ryan S. Jackson, Cecelia E. Schmalbach

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It is an exciting time for head and neck surgical innovation with numerous advances in the perioperative planning and intraoperative management of patients with cancer, trauma patients, and individuals with congenital defects. The broad and rapidly changing realm of head and neck surgical innovation precludes a comprehensive summary. This article highlights some of the most important innovations from surgical planning with sentinel node biopsy and three-dimensional, stereolithic modeling to intraoperative innovations, such as transoral robotic surgery and intraoperative navigation. Future surgical innovations, such as intraoperative optical imaging of surgical margins, are also highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-746
Number of pages14
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Stereolithic modeling
  • Transoral robotic surgery


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