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Esophageal Replacement

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Esophageal Replacement

What is Esophageal Replacement?

During esophageal replacement, a portion of the patient’s small or large intestine is sewn into the gap located between the lower and upper esophagus. Sometimes, a temporary gastrostomy tube is placed for feeding while the area heals.

Also Known As:

  • Small intestine replacement
  • Large intestine replacement
  • Intestine replacement
  • Intestine surgery

Conditions Treated with Esophageal Replacement:

Esophageal replacement is used in cases of esophageal tumor, esophageal atresia, esophageal stricture and severe gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Esophageal Replacement:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to esophageal replacement.

Anesthesia with Esophageal Replacement:

Esophageal replacement is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Esophageal Replacement:

Possible risks following esophageal replacement include infection, bleeding, graft failure, collapsed lung, gastroesophageal reflux disease and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience anastomosis leak, dumping syndrome and to need a feeding tube.

Prognosis after Esophageal Replacement:

The prognosis for a positive end result following esophageal replacement is good.

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