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.