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Minimal invasive approach of gastric and esophageal mobilization in total pharyngolaryngoesophagectomy

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Background: To evaluate early results in total pharyngolaryngoesophagectomy (PLE) by minimally invasive approaches for patients suffered from pharyngoesophageal tumor. Methods: Between April 1998 and September 2001, 12 consecutive patients underwent either total laparoscopic (n = 9) or hand-assisted laparoscopic (n = 3) gastric mobilization plus transhiatal esophageal resection in total PLE. The operative data and postoperative outcomes were evaluated. Results: Total PLE by minimally invasive approach was successfully performed in 11 patients, and 1 patient required conversion due to uncontrolled bleeding. The median total operative time was 8.5 h (range, 5–11 h) and the abdominal laparoscopic stage usually took less than 4 h. The median time for extubation was 2 days (range, 1–4 days) and the median ICU stay was 2 days (range, 1–20 days). There was no 30-day mortality, and major complications occurred in 5 patients (42%). Conclusion: Minimally invasive PLE is a feasible and safe alternative to conventional open surgery for patients with pharyngoesophageal carcinoma.

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Wong, S., Chan, A., Lee, D. et al. Minimal invasive approach of gastric and esophageal mobilization in total pharyngolaryngoesophagectomy . Surg Endosc 17, 798–802 (2003).

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