When cancer develops in the esophagus, surgery is typically one of the first lines of treatment. Since esophageal cancer can spread throughout the esophagus, a Bradenton esophagectomy is often necessary to remove part or all of the diseased area. The esophagus is then rebuilt by moving part of the stomach or small intestine up into the chest and connecting it to the remaining portion of the esophagus.
Did you know…
the esophagus is approximately one foot long? Cancer of the this digestive organ is not especially common, but it is more prevalent in men over age 50 and people with a long history of GERD or acid reflux. Currently, an estimated 35,000 adults are living with esophageal cancer in the U.S.
In addition to esophageal cancer, which is the most common reason for having an esophagectomy, some people may undergo this procedure as a way to treat a poorly functioning esophageal muscle or to prevent cancer from occurring in people with a severely damaged esophageal lining (Barrett’s esophagus).
During an esophagectomy, the diseased or injured portion of the esophagus is removed, as well as the upper portion of the stomach in some cases. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia either through an open incision or laparoscopically through several tiny incisions instead of one large one. Patients who undergo laparoscopic esophagectomy surgery in Bradenton may experience shorter hospital stays and faster recovery periods than those who undergo open surgery.
Laparoscopic esophagectomy is often recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with early stage esophageal cancer that has not spread to other areas of the body. Talk with your doctor or surgeon to find out more about laparoscopic esophagus operations and whether this type of treatment could be right for you.