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Robotic neck dissection in head and neck cancer: a safe perception or deception?

  • Anand Subash
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    Corresponding author at: Minimally Invasive Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • BhanuPrakash Bylapudi
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • Shalini Thakur
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • Vishal U.S. Rao
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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      Head and neck cancer, a disease of the elderly, is now becoming more common in the young due to their lifestyle and habits. With an increasing concern for cosmesis, it has become essential for clinicians to make use of the best technology and surgical skills. With minimal-access surgery reaching new heights, robot-assisted neck dissections (RAND), which allow superior visualisation and fine-motor movements in inaccessible anatomical spaces, are becoming a reality, and surgeons are reworking approaches to achieve the best outcomes.
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