Esophagectomy (Minimally Invasive)
The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center,
the state's only comprehensive cancer center
, offers esophagectomy for patients with esophageal cancer and advanced Barrett's esophagus. The vast majority of these surgeries are performed using minimally-invasive techniques, including robotic, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic techniques. These surgical approaches are commonly referred to as MIE (minimally-invasive esophagectomy).
What is an esophagectomy?
Esophagectomy is a complex surgery that involves removal of the cancerous part of the esophagus. The segment of the esophagus that is removed is replaced or reconstructed, with surgeons often using a portion of the stomach.
Most esophagectomies are open surgeries, which require larger incisions. However, UW Health esophageal surgeons have advanced training and extensive experience performing minimally-invasive esophagectomy, which includes the use of robotic, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic techniques. Minimally-invasive techniques offer a number of benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Less pain after surgery
- Shorter hospital stays
- Shorter recovery times
Although some patients may not be candidates for this less invasive approach, UW Health surgeons make every attempt use minimally-invasive approaches whenever possible.
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