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Esophageal Resection

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Esophageal Resection

What is Esophageal Resection?

During esophageal resection, part or the entire esophagus is removed. The stomach is then pulled up and stitched to any remaining esophagus.

Also Known As:

  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagus removal
  • Esophageal removal
  • Esophageal surgery

Conditions Treated with Esophageal Resection:

Esophageal resection is used in cases of painful swallowing, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer, trauma or perforation.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Esophageal Resection:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to esophageal resection. Laparoscopic esophageal resection and esophagogastrectomy are surgical procedures.

Anesthesia with Esophageal Resection:

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

Potential Complications from Esophageal Resection:

Possible risks following esophageal resection include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, acid reflux, blood clots and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience anastomosis leakage and esophageal fistula or stricture.

Prognosis after Esophageal Resection:

The prognosis for a positive end result following esophageal resection is good for early stage cancer. The prognosis is not good if the cancer has spread beyond the esophagus, in which case the procedure will only improve symptoms.

Recovery from Esophageal Resection:

Total recovery from esophageal resection takes four weeks. 

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