TransOral UltraSonic Surgery (TOUSS)
What is TOUSS?
TOUSS (TransOral UltraSonic Surgery) is a minimally invasive, endoscopic approach for benign and malignant lesions in the upper aerodigestive tract. It is mainly based on the ultrasonic scalpel as resection tool and bipolar energy as hemostatic tool that improves the safety of the procedure. THUNDERBEAT is the only instrument that incorporates both ultrasound and bipolar energy in one device, thus allowing for fast and effective tissue dissection and safe and reliable hemostasis at the same time. TOUSS uses technology available to most institutions and has arisen as an alternative to TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS), offering all its advantages while avoiding the elevated costs of acquiring and maintaining a robotic surgical platform. TOUSS has been developed by Dr. Mario Fernandez, Department Chief of Otorhinolaryngology at Hospital Universitario in Henares, Coslada, Madrid.
Benefits of TOUSS
The advantage of this technique in comparison with open techniques is avoiding the morbidity of external approaches, limiting the surgery strictly to the lesion and its surgical margin. For this reason, the technique is especially intended for patients previously treated with chemoradiotherapy, where open approaches have a more marked morbidity.
Compared to other transoral approaches such as laser microscopic surgery, TOUSS presents the benefits of the endoscopic approach, which:
- Allows a greater magnification of the focused surgical field (unlike the microscope, which only has a single, extremely zoomed-in plane of focus above everything)
- Is not dependent on adequate external exposure for its realization