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 mainly utilises the ultrasonic scalpel as a resection tool and bipolar energy as a haemostatic tool that improves the safety of the procedure. THUNDERBEAT is the only instrument that incorporates both ultrasound and bipolar energy in one device, thus enabling fast and effective tissue dissection and safe and reliable haemostasis. TOUSS uses technology available to most institutions and has emerged as an alternative to TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS), while avoiding the elevated costs of acquiring and maintaining a robotic surgical platform. TOUSS was 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, as the surgery is strictly limited 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 brings with it 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 realisation