Mr Neil Samuel Tolley

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"If you're concened about a lump in your neck, contact Tolley, the first UK consultant to use the da Vinci robotic-surgery system for head and neck surgery".

Mr Neil Tolley was the first surgeon to use the da Vinci robot in the UK for Head & Neck Surgery. He underwent training in Strasbourg (2007), Geneva (2009), Paris (2009) and Philadelphia (2009) and now routinely performs robotic surgery at the Wellington Hospital, London.

He has pioneered its use in Thyroid, Parathyroid and Transoral robotic surgery and has published and presented his work both nationally and internationally.To date (Feb 2012), he's the only surgeon in the UK capable of using the da Vinci robot for Thyroid surgery.

He's a charter member of the Society of Robotic Surgeons and has presented his work at both World Congresses of Robotic Surgery held in Orlando (2010) and Miami (2011). Mr Tolley is the Education Director for ENT training in North Thames and a Regional Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons (England). Mr Tolley has a specialist interest in thyroid (including robotic-assisted thyroidectomy) and parathyroid surgery. And, in January 2010 carried out the first UK robotic-assisted neck surgery.

Neil Tolley's NHS robotic work has been ethically approved. All patients are entered into a research protocol so that robotic techniques can be prospectively studied. This is important so that the advantages of robotic surgery can be scientifically evaluated. His pioneering robotic work has been published in peer reviewed journals.

He routinely uses the da Vinci robot for Thyroidectomy and targeted Parathyroidectomy. His technique completely avoids a scar in the neck with no increase in hospital stay. Robotic techniques have a particular advantage in patients who scar badly, which can often be the case for people who have darker skin tones. The avoidance of a neck scar is also advantageous in those patients who find it either culturally or cosmetically unacceptable to have a visible neck scar. All patients are admitted and discharged within 23 hours.

Professional Memberships

  • ENT-UK
  • British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons

Clinical Interests

  • Paediatrics
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Robotic surgery

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