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Elite Surgical Care

The Global Robotics Institute includes one of the most skilled robotic-assisted Head and Neck Surgery teams in the region, backed by some of the most sophisticated technologies and therapies available. We pair state-of-the-art surgical techniques and practices with education, therapy and support from a team of specialized medical professionals. Chosen for their experience and training in head and neck cancer, they help set patients on the path toward a cancer-free, improved quality of life.

Our multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care is unique. We tap into collective expertise and knowledge across many specialties to get you the very best medical care possible. And it’s all done in a highly advanced, yet patient-centered environment that makes AdventHealth Celebration Health so much more than an ordinary hospital.

And that care doesn’t end at our door. Our team of surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, speech therapists, exercise physiologists, social workers and spiritual care specialists work together to provide head and neck surgery patients life-long support and care.

Together, da Vinci® surgery technology and your doctor have the ability to perform complex procedures through just a few small openings.
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About Dr. J. Scott Magnuson

The robotic-assisted Head and Neck Surgery Program at AdventHealth Celebration Health is proud to introduce J. Scott Magnuson, MD, FACS, to patients who need advanced surgery, robotic-assisted surgery or reconstruction.

As a board certified and noted pioneer in the field of robotic-assisted head and neck surgery, Dr. Magnuson brings highly technical and unique skills to the program. He is influential in the field and has published numerous articles on Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS).

Dr. Magnuson is also a professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando. He is the medical director of the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Program at AdventHealth Celebration Health and director of Robotic Head and Neck Surgery at the AdventHealth Nicholson Center.

Benefits & What to Expect

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Robotic Surgery Benefits

The leading-edge da Vinci® Surgical System used at AdventHealth Celebration Health has revolutionized options for thyroid and head and neck cancer treatments.

Two types of robotic head and neck surgery are used within this program:

  • Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Transaxillary Robotic Thyroidectomy (TART)

Surgeons gain better precision and visualization for the procedure itself and when these minimally invasive procedures can be used, may provide up to several benefits for patients.

Robotic surgery benefits may include:

  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Less scarring than traditional open surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss, which aids in the natural healing process
  • Reduced pain for less stress through the recovery period
  • Fewer complications, which may lead to fewer follow-up interventions
  • Less risk of infection for better healing
Is Robotic Head & Neck Surgery Right for You?

AdventHealth is committed to providing world-class health care to patients from around the globe. To learn more about our revolutionary robotic-assisted head and neck surgical procedures, contact us today.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Knowing what to expect after surgery will help prepare you for the recovery period. The development of a head and neck cancer treatment plan with AdventHealth Celebration addresses not only physical symptoms, but also your emotional and spiritual well-being.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our caring staff and undergo thorough testing to evaluate your condition. If a procedure is required and robotic-assisted surgery is determined to be the best treatment option, our team will explain the benefits of the da Vinci® Robotic system and how it can positively impact your healing and recovery.

Robotic-assisted head and neck surgery patients often require a combination of medical treatments from various specialists to achieve the fullest recovery possible. We work hand-in-hand with these specialists to ensure the patient’s medical needs are managed effectively. This includes scheduling procedures and/or tests so they are on time and in the proper sequence.

Comprehensive Managed Care

The care you receive at AdventHealth Celebration is very patient-centered. This means at every level the facility, your surgery and all follow-up care is focused around creating an optimal healing experience for you.

Our best advice following any surgery is for you to focus on healing, maintain a positive attitude and view the recovery period as a time of renewal. And as always, do not hesitate to contact our experienced staff to discuss your questions and concerns.

Following head or neck surgery, these are some of the specialists who may be part of your treatment plan.

Oncology Nutrition Specialist - Registered Dietitian

Nutrition plays an important role in an oncology patient’s health. Eating the right foods during and after cancer treatment can help you manage symptoms, feel better and stay stronger. That’s why our nutritionist is a key member of the head and neck clinical team.

Our registered dietitian specializes in oncology nutrition and provides support, direction and education about the many benefits of proper nutrition. Consultations are tailored to individual patient needs and may include:

  • A review of current dietary intake
  • Symptom management
  • Nutrition support education and management, as needed
  • Nutrition education before, during and after treatment
  • Post-treatment healthy eating plans
Speech Therapist

Speech, language and swallowing are important to a satisfying quality of life. We work closely with head and neck surgeons, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists and dietitians to achieve the best outcomes for our head and neck patients. We provide a full range of pre- and post-operative speech services under the guidance of a speech-language pathologist. Our speech and swallow services include research-based assessment and treatment, as well as diagnostic procedures using state-of-the-art equipment.

Radiation Oncology

Our head and neck specialists work closely with radiation therapists at multiple locations to determine the schedule and location most convenient to the patient. The radiation treatment most often prescribed is external beam radiation therapy. This delivers high doses of radiation specifically targeting the affected cancer site while minimizing the dose to surrounding, healthy tissue. Among the latest technologies we can facilitate are Gamma Knife and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).

Medical Oncology

In certain cases, patients may need chemotherapy. The head and neck team will direct patients to a conveniently located, clinically advanced facility for treatment. Our oncology specialist may also present patients with the opportunity to participate in some of the latest and most-innovative clinical trials in the country.

Leading-Edge Technology

And Clinical Excellence

The robotic-assisted Head and Neck Surgery Program at AdventHealth Celebration Health is one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States. The program is designed with your experience in mind to keep you as calm and comfortable as possible.

Employing the advanced daVinci® Robotics system, our surgeons use miniaturized instruments and a 3D camera for an unmatched view of the surgical area. Our robotic-assisted surgical techniques are also minimally invasive, which can help reduce pain, scarring and recovery time.

Patients are seen in our specially designed clinic for pre-operative screening and post-operative follow-up care, located close to the head and neck patient area of the hospital. This provides patients and the clinical team easier access to additional care and resources that can aid in your treatment.

Contact Dr. Magnuson's team today at Call 407-303-4120 .

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Meet the Head and Neck Surgery Team

Laurie Amodeo, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP

As you begin your treatment for head and neck issues you’ll quickly come to appreciate Laurie Amodeo, our Clinical Care Coordinator. She is here to ensure your time with us is as stress-free as possible so you can concentrate on becoming healthy.

Call 407-646-7971
laurie.amodeo@AdventHealth.com