Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Transoral Robotic Surgery

Throat cancer, or oropharyngeal cancer, may sometimes require partial removal of the base of the tongue or palatine tonsil. At Morristown Medical Center, our specialized surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS), which allows us to access and treat throat cancer through the mouth without having to make any incisions in the lip, facial skin or lower jaw.

This approach minimizes or eliminates the need for a tracheotomy, feeding tube or lengthy hospital stay. It also lessens post-surgical complications, such as difficulty speaking or swallowing. In many TORS cases, we can decrease the amount of radiation therapy and chemotherapy needed as part of the treatment plan and, sometimes, can forgo chemotherapy altogether.

Additional potential benefits of TORS include:

  • Excellent resection of cancerous tissue
  • Decreased pain and blood loss
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time and return to daily activities
  • Better preservation of function
  • Minimal cosmetic changes

Robotic Surgery for Cancers and Tumors

Robotic surgery offers cancer patients a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and in some cases, may minimize or eliminate the need for chemotherapy and radiation therapy.