at John Hopkins, talking with Dr. Daniela Molena about minimally invasive thoracic surgery.
A brief discussion of the variety of surgical approaches used for esophagectomy for esophageal cancer including Ivor Lewis, Transhiatal and minimally invasive techniques.
a brief snapshot of a Dr. Benny Weksler, a thoracic surgeon using robotic technology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. Also, UPMC as a high volume esophagectomy center.
the transoral esophagastric fundoplication procedure and Dr. Darren Rohan, a thoracic surgeon performing this minimally invasive technique.
In an investigational study, Akutsu et. al. (2010) demonstrated a significant reduction in post-operative pneumonia through the implementation of a dental hygiene program.
Discussion of article by Bilimoria and the importance of high volume esophageal surgery programs for successful post-operative outcomes.
There is a new trial on the horizon that sounds promising; the Traditional Invasive versus Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (TIME). It’s a timely study indeed as the rates of esophageal cancer in western countries continues to increase, due to GERD and obesity.