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Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy 

Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

Brandon Merling

, and Frank Dupont

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date: 11 August 2020

Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common malignancy worldwide, producing a high morbidity and mortality rate around the globe. Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is most commonly performed on patients with this devastating disease. Esophagectomy is a high-risk procedure, and perioperative mortality remains around 5%–8%. Because esophageal cancer is associated with chronic alcohol and tobacco use, patients have serious comorbid conditions that affect anesthetic management and perioperative care. Among them, pulmonary complications and anastomotic failure remain the most common causes of perioperative morbidity and mortality. The anesthesiologist managing a patient during MIE must be able to reduce the effect of the patient’s multiple comorbidities intraoperatively while mitigating the factors that lead to adverse postoperative outcomes.

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