Article Abstract

Anastomosis after minimally invasive esophagectomy

Authors: Chase Knickerbocker, Anthony Andreoni, Derek Nieber, Deborah Nwafor, Kfir Ben-David


There are many intricacies when creating an anastomosis between the esophagus and the stomach following surgical removal of the esophagus for either benign or cancer related pathologies. The removal of the esophagus, an unforgiving organ, has undergone many changes in operative technique with the number of minimally invasive esophagectomies (MIE) increasing over the last decade. Regardless of the technique, cervical or thoracic esophagogastrostomy anastomosis have been described in several different ways. We will offer our preferred method for each anastomosis with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips learned over the years.