Esophagectomy : Thoracoscopic or robotic?
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2019;19(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03en15948
For esophageal cancer patients, radical esophagolymphadenectomy is the cornerstone of multimodality therapy with a curative intent. However, the percentage of cardiopulmonary complications associated with the transthoracic approach is high. Recent studies have shown that robot-assisted minimally invasive thoraco-laparoscopic esophagectomy (RATE) is at least equivalent to the open transthoracic approach for esophageal cancer in terms of short-term oncological outcomes. In this authoritative lecture, Dr. YK Chao, MD, PhD, presents a comparison between techniques, goes through a review of the literature and provides a single surgeon’s experience with the use of the robot in the management of this disease.