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Robot-Assisted Transthoracic Esophagolymphadenectomy for a Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer

Thursday, August 21, 2008

This video shows an unusual approach robotically with the patient in the prone position for the intrathoracic dissection. The patient is then turned supine for the abdominal part of the procedure.

  • Transthoracic esophagolymphadenectomy can offer the best chance of cure.
  • Robot-assisted technique can allow precise dissection in minimally invasive manner without losing the advantages of open surgery.
  • In prone position, lung manipulation is minimized and the AP window is well exposed.

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