Anatomy of Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

  • Pengchao Zheng


A successful endoscopic esophagectomy is based on a store of knowledge of anatomy. The esophagus is divided by the region of anatomy into the cervical esophagus, the thoracic esophagus, and the abdominal esophagus. The stomach is located in the upper abdomen, between the esophagus and the duodenum, comprising the greater and the lesser curvature side. A good knowledge of the relations between the esophagus and the stomach in vascular supply and anatomical adjacency extensively contributes to the access routing and anatomical injury reduction associated with thoracoscopic esophagectomy.

A complete esophagectomy also involves systematic lymph node dissection standardized by well-recognized international criteria in respect to scope and specifications for esophageal cancer.


Anatomy Esophagus Stomach Lymph node Specification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pengchao Zheng
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  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryThe Second People’s Hospital of Jing MenJing MenChina

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