Robotic Surgery for Esophageal Cancer
Robotic esophagectomy is a procedure performed to treat esophageal cancer by surgically removing the diseased portion of the esophagus (the foot-long tube connecting the back of the throat to the stomach). Robotic surgery uses tiny, computer-aided robotic instruments controlled by a surgeon to remove the diseased portion of the esophagus .During the procedure, three to four small keyhole incisions, each about half an inch long, are made in the upper belly, chest, or lower neck. The surgeon uses a laparoscope to view the surgical site on a magnified, 3D monitor, while controlling tiny computer-aided robotic instruments to perform the procedure. Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly being used to treat this condition, since it allows for the complete mobilization of the intra-abdominal esophagus and stomach without the need for a large abdominal incision—resulting in less post-operative discomfort and scarring and faster recovery.
Robotic esophageal surgery avoids large Thoracic or chest wall and abdominal incisions, results in less scarring and discomfort, and a faster recovery time for the patient.