Become familiar with the head and neck surgery process and understand how it may affect you physically, as well as mentally, afterward.
Head & Neck Cancer Surgery
What are my surgical options for head and neck cancers?
Our surgeons have experience in the total range of surgical treatments. And our team is a leader in groundbreaking surgical techniques to treat head and neck cancers.
Some of these techniques include:
Photodynamic therapy combines medical lasers with special light-activated medications. We use this to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. Henry Ford Hospital was one of the first in the country to use photodynamic therapy to treat certain cancers.
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS)
Transoral robotic surgery, also known as TORS, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. This technique allows surgeons to remove head and neck tumors with minimal scarring, less blood loss, and better outcomes.
Transoral laser surgery
In transoral laser surgery, our doctors use a narrow, intense laser beam to remove head and neck tumors. Compared with traditional surgery, laser surgery offers:
- Less bleeding, scarring, and swelling
- More precise tumor removal
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter healing times
We can perform transoral laser surgery without the need for open surgery. Our surgeons often can access the tumor through the mouth. For patients with cancer of the larynx (voice box), we can preserve the larynx more easily with this technique.
If you need surgery as part of your treatment plan, you may be worried about how it might affect your appearance or ability to swallow or talk. At Henry Ford, our team includes surgical sub-specialists, such as ear surgeons and neurosurgeons (brain and nerve specialists), who perform highly complex reconstructive surgeries to help you get back to your life.