Laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for adenocarcinoma of the lower esophagus
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2010;10(01). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2794
Conventional esophagectomy requires either a laparotomy with a transhiatal dissection or a laparotomy combined with thoracotomy and it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In the attempt to decrease morbidity, some surgeons have reported the application of minimally invasive technique of resection of the esophagus. De Paula was the first to report a large series of 48 patients undergoing a total laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy (LTH). LTH may be used to treat patients with either benign or malignant esophageal disease because the reconstructive result cervical esophagogastric anastomosis yields good functional outcomes. Here we show the case of a LTH for adenocarcinoma of the lower esophagus.