During an esophagogastrectomy, most or the entire
esophagus is removed, along with part of the stomach. The stomach is then
pulled up and stitched to the remaining esophagus. The stomach or part of the
colon may be used to create a replacement esophagus.
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Treated with an Esophagogastrectomy:
An esophagogastrectomy is utilized in cases of
painful swallowing, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer, trauma or
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to
an esophagogastrectomy. A laparoscopic esophagogastrectomy is a surgical
alternative to the procedure.
with an Esophagogastrectomy:
An esophagogastrectomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from an Esophagogastrectomy:
Possible risks following an esophagogastrectomy
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.
after an Esophagogastrectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following an
esophagogastrectomy 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.
from an Esophagogastrectomy:
Total recovery from
an esophagogastrectomy takes four weeks.