Modifications to Ivor Lewis esophagectomy
The surgical approach to esophagectomy is variable. A number of factors are considered when determining the optimal approach to esophagectomy: location and extent of disease, fibrosis, additional patient factors and surgeon preference. One of the disadvantages to some approaches is the need for a change in position, which increases operative time. Also, because typically the abdomen is initially explored, patients may later be deemed unresectable at thoracotomy. We describe time saving modifications to the standard Ivor Lewis esophagectomy that eliminate the need for repositioning and facilitate a stapled end-to-end anastomosis.