Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy

  • Simon R. Turner
  • Daniela MolenaEmail author


Esophagectomy is one of the most potentially morbid procedures in thoracic surgery, and patients with esophageal cancer frequently have multiple comorbidities related to obesity, smoking and/or alcohol use. Minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy minimizes surgical morbidity to the patient, while providing oncologic benefit that is equal or superior to open approaches. This allows for better patient outcomes, especially in patients with multiple medical problems. In this chapter we provide our approach to minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy, including surgical tips to avoid complications and intraoperative trouble shooting.


Esophageal cancer Esophagectomy Minimally invasive Laparoscopy Thoracoscopy Ivor Lewis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Thoracic Surgery Service, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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