Robotic substernal esophageal bypass and reconstruction with gastric conduit—frequently overlooked minimally invasive option

Roman V. Petrov, Charles T. Bakhos, Abbas E. Abbas


Modern esophagectomy includes the esophageal extirpation with immediate reconstruction of the gastrointestinal (GI) continuity via posterior mediastinal route. In the majority of cases tubularized stomach is chosen as the conduit of choice. Other conduits, such as colon or small bowel can be used for these purposes as well. In rare circumstances use of the alternative route for the conduit placement is required. Authors describe the technique of robotic substernal esophageal bypass and reconstruction of the esophageal continuity.