Surgical outcomes for patients vary greatly across the United States and the world depending on how the surgery is performed. The Department of Otolaryngology is an international leader in pioneering minimally invasive surgical techniques. For nearly 40 years, the Department of Otolaryngology has pursued an educational mission to share those techniques with surgeons from around the globe in an effort to provide all patients with the same level of world class surgical care. To achieve this goal, the Department of Otolaryngology established a dedicated center available to surgeons for daily training. Pittsburgh Collaborative Research Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery (CREATES) is an industry focused research, training, and innovation center for advanced surgical technologies. Pittsburgh CREATES aims to improve upon existing minimally invasive surgical devices and procedures by incorporating the latest scientific advancements, while educating surgeons worldwide on new methods and best practices. By improving upon surgical practices, patients in Pittsburgh and around the world have the potential to have better outcomes along with less invasive and potentially disfiguring surgeries.
Dr. Uma Duvvuri serves as the Medical Director for Pittsburgh CREATES as well as the Director of the Center for Advanced Robotics Training (CART) and the Center for Robotic Surgery for the Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Duvvuri is currently investigating new ways to utilize robotic equipment to perform difficult procedures with minimal invasiveness and far less trauma than traditional head and neck cancer surgeries. In the past, procedures to remove tumors in the back of the throat or base of the skull required highly invasive movements, that sometimes including breaking open the jaw, removing large parts of the neck or skull, and otherwise leaving large, visible scars, and related physical difficulties. Robotic surgery, however, removes these difficulties by using delicate tools that can weave through natural passageways in the body to more delicately remove tumors.
For more information, visit the Robotic Head & Neck Surgery Center.
Skull Base Surgery
The Skull Base Surgery team has pioneered innovative techniques, including removing brain tumors through the nose instead of making incisions directly into the skull, to make surgery less disfiguring to patients. The team, led by Dr. Carl Snyderman, lectures around the globe in addition to running quarterly training sessions, including practice time in the operating room, at Eye and Ear Institute. One of the goals of the Skull Base Surgery team is to have a dedicated training space within Pittsburgh CREATES so that surgeons can sharpen their techniques daily. Dr. Snyderman also leads a tele-mentoring program, allowing for the Skull Base team to train surgeons in remote areas with their surgical techniques.
Read more at the Center for Skull Base Surgery.
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