We use cookies to offer you an optimal experience on our website. By browsing our website, you accept the use of cookies.

You must be logged in to watch this video. Click here to access your account, or here to register for free!

  • 535
  • 2006-07-03

Minimally invasive esophagectomy in a patient in a prone position

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2006;06(07). URL:
You must be logged in to ask a question to authors. Click here to access your account, or here to register for free!
This video demonstrates a total esophagectomy for a cancer of distal esophagus. The surgeon starts with right thoracoscopy with the patient in a prone position. The esophagus and adjoining lymphatics are mobilized and separated from the adjoining structures. The azygos vein is divided. Once full mobilization of the thoracic esophagus is achieved, a chest tube is inserted and the trocars are removed and the patient is put in a supine position. The surgeon now performs laparoscopic dissection of the left gastric vessels and lymphatics. A gastric tube is created and duodenum is kocherized. After full mobilization of the gastroesophageal junction and the tumor at the hiatus, a cervicotomy is carried out and the esophagus is pulled out through the cervical incision. The esophagus is resected and a side-to-side stapled anastomosis is made between the cervical esophagus and the gastric tube.