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An esophagectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the esophagus. Nearby lymph nodes and a small part of the stomach may be removed as well. The remaining stomach is then pulled up to connect to the upper section of the esophagus.
Surgical removal of the esophagus has traditionally required a thoracotomy (an incision in the chest), as well as a laparotomy (abdominal incision). These incisions offer maximal exposure for the surgeon, but can cause significant postoperative pain and lung complications, including pneumonia.
Minimally invasive surgical options offered at Weill Cornell Medicine
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we strive to use minimally invasive surgical approaches—such as laparoscopy or video-assisted thoracoscopy—for patients with operable esophageal cancer (early esophageal cancer or dysplasia). During these procedures, telescopes placed through small incisions in the chest and abdomen are used to visualize, manipulate, and remove the esophagus and surrounding lymph nodes.
Minimally invasive surgery to remove the esophagus typically requires a shorter stay in the hospital compared to conventional open surgery. Also, patients who have minimally invasive esophagectomy typically experience less discomfort, require fewer pain medications, and recover more quickly.
Why choose Weill Cornell Medicine for esophageal surgery?
Our patients benefit from:
• The most advanced techniques in surgical procedures including robotics, which enables greater magnification and more precision
• Our excellent network of medical professionals—including oncologists, gastroenterologists, and pathologists—working with our thoracic surgeons to ensure patients receive truly comprehensive care
• Treatments tailored specifically to our individual patients
• Our record of excellent outcomes—among the best in the nation—with very low rate of complications
• Expertise in operating on patients with other health problems (such as diabetes, kidney problems, or others) and those who are elderly