McKeown Esophagectomy

  • Ian Wong
  • Simon LawEmail author


The classical three-phase esophagectomy was described by McKeown in 1976. It is widely adopted in centers worldwide for the treatment of esophageal carcinoma. Since its inception, surgeons have modified the procedure based on new technologies and experiences. Morbidity and mortality rates have also improved. Nonetheless, the procedure itself is technically demanding. In this chapter, the technical steps of the procedure are detailed.


Esophagectomy Esophageal cancer Lymphadenectomy Thoracotomy Laparotomy Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury 

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Esophageal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of SurgeryThe University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary HospitalHong KongChina

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