Robot-assisted cervical esophagectomy: First clinical experiences and review of the literature

Philip Wai Yan Chiu, Eline Marieke de Groot, Hon Chi Yip, Jan Hendrik Egberts, Peter Grimminger, Yasuyuki Seto, Ichiro Uyama, Pieter Christiaan van der Sluis, Hubert Stein, Rubens Sallum, Jelle P. Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg

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Pulmonary complications, and especially pneumonia, remain one of the most common complications after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. These complications are reduced by minimally invasive techniques or by avoiding thoracic access through a transhiatal approach. However, a transhiatal approach does not allow for a full mediastinal lymphadenectomy. A transcervical mediastinal esophagectomy avoids thoracic access, which may contribute to a decrease in pulmonary complications after esophagectomy. In addition, this technique allows for a full mediastinal lymphadenectomy. A number of pioneering studies have been published on this topic. Here, the initial experience is presented as well as a review of the current literature concerning transcervical esophagectomy, with a focus on the robot-assisted cervical esophagectomy procedure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDiseases of the Esophagus
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


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