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Head & Neck Cancer

Improvements in microsurgery technology benefit head & neck and craniomaxillofacial procedures

Head & neck cancers are challenging to treat

Current procedures to treat head & neck cancers can be very invasive and can significantly impact patient functioning including speaking, eating, and other critical activities1. As these cancer diagnoses continue to rise, so does the demand for reconstructive procedures utilizing microsurgical techniques. Reconstruction of the head and neck after tumor resection or trauma can support the return of function and improve quality of life for patients. With Symani®, surgeons can perform these challenging and complex procedures with improved precision and control in an optimized environment.


most common cancer worldwide1


annual increase in incidence of head & neck cancer expected by 2030, linked to the rise in HPV-related cancer1


billion is spent in the United States each year on treatment of head and neck cancers2

Advantages of Symani in Head & Neck and Craniomaxillofacial Procedures

Precision at the micro level

Proprietary NanoWrist® instruments feature the world’s smallest surgical robotic wrist and enable surgeons to replicate the natural movements of the human hand at the micro level with seven degrees of freedom. Tremor filtration and 7-20x motion scaling bring high precision to needle and suture placement for sutures between 8-0 to 12-0. Robotic precision has the potential to improve accuracy, increase vessel patency, reduce vessel trauma, and avoid costly re-interventions.

Access to deep structures

Stable, robotic platform and wristed robotic instruments with 15cm shafts enable access to deep anatomical structures during soft tissue open surgical procedures.

Optimized work environment for challenging and complex procedures

Designed to optimize ergonomics and improve work environment for surgeons, providing needed support during lengthy and complex cases.

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Breast Cancer Overview

Whether it’s deciding on a reconstructive procedure following mastectomy or dealing with the possibility of developing lymphedema as a result of their care, breast cancer patients face a significant uphill battle after their treatment. With Symani, patients can access reconstructive options using their own tissue and the latest technological innovations. For hospitals offering surgical treatment options for lymphedema, they may also be able to prevent or treat the symptoms of lymphedema following their care.

Lymphedema Overview

Lymphedema, the build-up of lymphatic fluid resulting in swelling and discomfort, affects over 250 million people worldwide*. Surgical treatment options may improve the symptoms and overall quality of life for these patients, but access to these treatments is limited. This is mainly due to procedural complexity associated with the size of lymphatic vessels. With 7-20x motion scaling and tremor filtration, the Symani Surgical System is designed to enable supermicrosurgical procedures such as lymphovenous anastomosis or bypass (LVA/LVB).

Trauma Overview

Trauma refers to any altering injury sustained through accident or impact like burns, laceration, crush, nerve damage and fractures. Where tissue is lost due to trauma or infection, it may be necessary to perform a reconstructive procedure using transferred tissue or to perform a replantation of an amputated body part with the goal of restoring circulation and sensation, and where possible, function. Symani allows surgeons to confidently perform these procedures with a high degree of precision and accuracy.

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  1. Gormley, M., Creaney, G., Schache, A. et al. Reviewing the epidemiology of head and neck cancer: definitions, trends and risk factors. Br Dent J 233, 780–786 (2022).
  2. 50 facts about oral, head and neck cancer. ENT Health. (2019, October 17).

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