BACKGROUND. Adenocarcinoma of lower esophagus and GEJ shows worldwide an increasing incidence. The optimal approach to resection is still controversial. One of the major disadvantages of radical esophagectomy with extensive lymphadenectomy with open technique is its high rate of morbidity and mortality. Recent advances in minimally invasive surgical technology have allowed surgeons to apply laparoscopy and thoracoscopy to perform esophagectomy. PATIENT AND METHODS: In the video we report the case of a 79 years old man with Siewert I adenocarcinoma of GEJ, who was submitted to a 3-stage minimally invasive esophagectomy by laparoscopy, right thoracoscopy and cervicotomy. Preoperative endoscopic ultrasound and CT scan showed a marked thickening of the wall of the distal esophagus, with extension proximal to the mediastinal pleura and the anterior surface of the aorta, but still showing features of resectability. Four ports were used for the abdominal approach. A complete mobilization of the stomach preserving the right gastroepiploic arcade was achieved. The patient was then turned to the left lateral decubitus position proned to 30 degrees. Three ports were needed for right thoracoscopy. Mobilization of the thoracic esophagus was carried out from the diaphragm to the thoracic inlet. After extraction of the specimen through a small abdominal incision, the stomach was pulled up to the neck and esophagogastric anastomosis with the Orringer technique was constructed through a left cervicotomy. Pathology showed pT3 pN1 G3 adenocarcinoma. CONCLUSIONS: The minimally invasive approach to adenocarcinoma of the lower esophagus, in center with expertise in minimally invasive surgical technique, is feasible and safe.
|Translated title of the contribution||Minimally invasive esophagectomy for adenocarcinoma of the lower esophagus and the gastroesophageal junction|
|Title of host publication||I supplementi di Tumori : official journal of Società italiana di cancerologia ... [et al.]|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|