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Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques to Treat Esophageal and Gastric Cancers

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In addition to continue to provide minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, the Department of Surgery has expanded its services to offer laparoscopic total and sub-total gastrectomy with an extended (D2) lymph nodal dissection to treat selected patients with proximal and distal gastric cancers.

 

In August 2012, Guilherme M. Campos, MD, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, successfully performed the first two laparoscopic total gastrectomies for gastric cancer at UW.

 

Dr. Campos is a gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in traditional and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat esophageal and gastric cancers. Dr. Campos's research has focused on treatment outcomes after minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures for esophageal and gastric diseases. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books and has presented his work at more than 100 national and international meetings.

 

As part of a multidisciplinary team of medical and radiation oncologists, Dr. Campos and James Maloney, MD will evaluate patients with esophageal and gastric cancers in the Esophageal Cancer Clinic at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Dr. Maloney is certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in general thoracic and oncologic surgery. His practice includes minimally invasive surgery, including treatment of esophageal cancer, mediastinal disease, thoracoscopic lobectomy and endoscopic sympathectomy.

 

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Laparoscopic gastrectomies and minimally invasive esophagectomies result in fewer peri-operative complications, less pain and a reduced hospital stay, while preserving essential oncologic principles of cancer removal.

 

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