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PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF COMPLICATIONS IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE ESOPHAGEAL SURGERY

May 24, 2015

"Open esophageal surgery has long been associated with significant morbidity and pain. Upper abdominal incisions lead to respiratory compromise and significant risk of wound complications and late ventral hernia formation. In addition, due to the concave shape of the diaphragm, visualization of the esophageal hiatus can be quite difficult.

Laparoscopic esophageal surgery has evolved to allow significantly faster recovery times with less morbidity and mortality in qualified hands. Nonetheless, potential problems are associated with the most common esophageal procedures: Fundoplication, Heller myotomy, and esophagectomy."

 

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