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.
Treated with Esophageal Replacement:
Esophageal replacement is used in cases of
esophageal tumor, esophageal atresia, esophageal stricture and severe
gastroesophageal reflux disease.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives
to esophageal replacement.
with Esophageal Replacement:
Esophageal replacement is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
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.
after Esophageal Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
esophageal replacement is good.