Laparoscopic excision of a horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the lower esophagus
Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2009;09(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2545
Esophageal leiomyomas are approximately 50 times less common than carcinomas, but they represent 80% of benign tumors of the lower esophagus. An esophageal leiomyoma can be enucleated safely and effectively through minimally invasive surgery. The laparoscopic approach is a conventional option for this kind of tumor (located near or at the esophagogastric (EG) junction). Laparoscopic transhiatal enucleation is a safe and feasible procedure. This video demonstrates all the technical details of a laparoscopic excision of a large horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the lower esophagus. A conventional port placement is used to approach the hiatal region.