Robot-assisted minimally invasive thoraco-laparoscopic esophagectomy
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2019;19(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03en15940
The standard curative treatment for patients with esophageal cancer is perioperative chemotherapy or preoperative chemoradiotherapy followed by open transthoracic esophagectomy (OTE). However, robot-assisted minimally invasive thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy (RAMIE) resulted in a lower percentage of overall surgery-related and cardiopulmonary complications with lower postoperative pain, better short-term quality of life, and a better short-term postoperative functional recovery as compared to OTE. In this authoritative lecture, Dr. JP Ruurda, MD, PhD addresses his team experience with RAMIE since 2003. He goes through a review of the literature and presents a clinical case describing the operative steps of the robot-assisted minimally invasive thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy.