Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

Original Authors:, Ninh T. Nguyen, James D. Luketich, Revised by:, Lara W. Schaheen, Phillippe Nafteux, Manisha Shende

Key Points

  • Esophagectomy can be a life-saving and life-enhancing option for patients with perforation or caustic injury, multiple failed anti-reflux operations or end-stage functional disorders of the esophagus.
  • For resectable esophageal cancer, esophagectomy offers a chance for long-term disease-free survival and in some cases, cure
  • When performed at high-volume centers, morbidity, mortality and oncologic outcomes with minimally invasive esophagectomy are comparable to, and in some cases improved over open approaches.
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy is a complex and technically challenging operation that should be performed by esophageal surgeons with extensive experience with esophageal surgery and minimally invasive techniques.

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Last updated: June 30, 2023