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In Global News: Robotically Coaxing Esophageal Growth, Sauna for Your Health, and Canada’s First Inuk Cardiac Surgeon
January 12, 2018
October 25, 2017
This video demonstrates the technique for the second phase (chest) of a minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy. The author shows the use of the transoral EEA™ Stapler and the technique to oversew the anastomosis.
October 23, 2017
This video demonstrates the first stage of a minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy. The author describes the advantages of the hand port for this portion of the procedure.
October 9, 2017
The authors present the case of a 72-year-old gentleman who suddenly went into pulseless electrical activity during a peroral endoscopic myotomy for achalasia.
Surgical Management of Esophageal Epiphrenic Diverticula: A Transthoracic Approach Over Four Decades
October 6, 2017
Tapias and colleagues find that the surgical management of epiphrenic diverticula can provide good results, with symptoms being resolved in 21 of 31 patients. The authors’ retrospective review confirmed the rarity of this condition, with fewer than one case per year over 40 years.
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy Provides Equivalent Survival to Open Esophagectomy: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database
August 22, 2017
The authors compare outcomes of open versus minimally invasive esophagectomy (OE, MIE) from the National Cancer Databased (NCDB) 2010-2012 and use propensity scoring to match patients (977 pairs). Short term outcomes were equivalent for LOS and mortality, and median survival was similar. Nodal removal was higher for MIE (16.3 vs 14.5).
August 16, 2017
In this video, the authors demonstrate a novel “side-to-side, staple line on staple line” technique for intrathoracic esophagogastric anastomoses.
August 11, 2017
Patient Care A heart team at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Ontario performs the first hybrid cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation in Canada.
June 30, 2017
Thornblade and colleagues report an increase in off-label esophageal stent usage to treat benign esophageal perforation between 2007 and 2014, with a concomitant decrease in surgical repair and no difference in surgical drainage. Despite increased use of stents, no significant changes in short-term outcomes were observed.
November 17, 2016
In an interview filmed at the 2016 STS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Daniela Molena discusses her approach to minimally invasive and robotic esophageal surgery.