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Conditions and Treatments

Esophageal Conditions and Treatments

Esophageal Treatments

Transhiatal Esophagectomy

A transhiatal esophagectomy is done in patients who are being treated for end-staged achalasia or early-staged cancer of the esophagus. The surgery is done through the abdomen and the neck. An incision is made on the abdominal wall and small incision is placed in the left neck. The stomach and esophagus are mobilized and the stomach is cut into the shape of a tube using surgical staples. The esophagus and cut portion of the stomach are pulled out through the neck incision and removed. The newly shaped stomach is brought up through the chest and sewn to the small piece of the esophagus that is left behind in the neck. The stomach will now function as the esophagus used to.

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