Esophagectomy

An esophagectomy is surgical removal of the esophagus. It is performed to commonly treat esophageal cancer. During an esophagectomy,much of your esophagus and nearby lymph nodes is removed. Your stomach is then moved up and attached to the remaining portion of your esophagus. There are several techniques for performing esophagectomy. Your surgeon will consider several factors such as your overall condition, the size and location of the tumor, and the involvement of the tissue and organs near the tumor.

Common approaches to an Esophagectomy are:

  • Transhiatal, in which your surgeon gains access to your esophagus through incisions in your abdomen and neck
  • Transthoracic, in which your surgeon gains access to your esophagus through incisions in your abdomen and the right or left side of your chest
  • Minimally invasive/Robotic, in which your surgeon gains access to your esophagus using a series of small band-aid sized incisions, and performs the procedure with specially made surgical tools that are inserted through the incisions.

Esophagectomy

Minimally Invasive Approach

Esophagectomy

Open Approach

After Esophagectomy

ICU: An esophagectomy is an extensive procedure. Patients are usually sent to the ICU afterwards for around the clock monitoring and care.

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