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We use all our knowledge and experience, as well as our leading technology to treat our patients. For example, robotic surgery is carried out with the Da Vinci® system, which uses specially designed instruments, which have been reduced in size for better precision when handling them.

This advanced equipment allows the surgeon to work with perfect visualisation and precision.

A robotic surgical system assisted by computers to improve the surgeon´s ability to operate less invasively. 


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The treatment of head and neck tumours is based on three key stages: surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Head and neck carcinomas include oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and less often, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses and salivary gland carcinomas.

Surgery is the primary treatment for tumours in their early stages. If it is carried out successfully, there is no remaining tumour after the surgery, and the patient will not require postoperative treatment.

In more advanced stages, surgery is the best method for tumour removal in patients who have operable tumorous relapses. Some of the most severe problems can be: inability to preserve organs such as the larynx or tongue, functional issues, neck problems, etc.

Surgery can be complemented with subsequent radiotherapy. The type of surgical operation varies depending on the location of the tumour and how advanced it is. Sometimes, it is carried out as an endoscopic operation and other times, as a traditional open surgery procedure. In specific situations, a wide variety of surgical instruments can be used, like a laser.

The Otorhinolaryngology Department at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra was the first Spanish centre to carry out transoral operations on advanced cancer of the larynx with robotic surgery, and has achieved some very pleasing results. 

Endoscopic endonasal surgery is very effective for correcting nasal pathologies.

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a disease which can produce great discomfort.

To cure rhinosinusitis and other nasal problems, the Clínica Universidad de Navarra offers endoscopic endonasal surgery, a straightforward procedure, with minimal inflammation, which requires a hospitalisation period of only a few hours.

The advantages this technique offers are: it is minimally invasive, more comfortable and quick and less painful than traditional surgery. The success rate is high and it is a fully comprehensive procedure. 

Pharyngeal Surgery is a simple procedure and requires only general anaesthetic and a short hospital stay.

Specialised tissue is distributed through the pharynx which provides the body with its defensive ability, mainly against viral and bacterial infections. This tissue, called lymphoid tissue, surrounds the tonsils and pharynx mucous in small accumulations, called lymphoid follicles.

An affected area is recognised as tonsillitis (angina), adenoiditis (or rhinopharyngitis) or simply pharyngitis, if it is a diffuse infection.

When pharnx-tonsil infections become chronic, appear repeatedly, or generate severe complications, it can be necessary to have surgery and the patient may require an adenoidectomy, a tonsillectomy, or both simultaneously. In general, these surgical procedures require a short hospital stay, of just one day. The surgical technique is carried out through the mouth, and almost always general anaesthetic is used.

In the days following the tonsil operation, the patient can experience pain in their throat and ears. This pain responds well to analgesics and anti-inflammatories. The adenoid operation (adenoidectomy) is not usually painful and patients usually have abundant congestion and nasal mucous. The recovery period takes place at home for both operations and lasts around 10 days. 

We are a reference centre for cochlear implants in children and adults.

The Clínica Universidad de Navarra is a reference centre for cochlear implant procedures in both children and adults and, in our 24 years´ experience in this technique; we have carried out more than 800 implants.

The team of professionals for the Cochlear Implant Programme at the Clínica is made up of expert from specific specialities to make sure that candidates are chosen correctly, that surgery is carried out effectively, and that sufficient rehabilitation is followed for each patient.

This multidisciplinary team is made up of otorhinolaryngologists, otoneurorradiologists, experts in Audiology, psychiatrics, psychologists, pathologists, neurophysiologists, hearing aid specialists and techniques in programming and maintaining the cochlear implant. Neuropaediatricians, social workers and educators also play a role in this procedure. 

Laryngeal microsurgery is used as both a diagnosis and definitive treatment method.

Laryngeal microsurgery consists in visualises the larynx with a laryngoscope using a microscope. Micro-instruments are used for this procedure.

This procedure is carried out endoscopically. The term ´microsurgery´ means that the visualisation of the larynx is carried out with a surgical microscope. Fibre optic technology is also used.

Laryngeal microsurgery is carried out for many reasons: for diagnosis, to determine what type of lesion exists in the larynx, it´s spread and penetration; to take a biopsy for a more conclusive treatment; and, to definitively treat the problem, in both benign and malignant pathologies.

Laryngeal microsurgery is the technique of choice for the treatment of surgical nodules, polyps, cysts, oedema and granulomas on the vocal cords.

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and in general, the recovery period is fairly quick, without further complications, or scarring.

It´s important that the patient complete rests their voice for 5 days. The most serious complication is dyspnoea which much be controlled with intravenous corticoids.

The Otorhinolaryngology Department at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra has a specialised unit for functional larynx surgery. 

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