DOI: 10.1097/sle.0000000000001250 ISSN: 1534-4908

A Novel Method for Thoracoscopic Overlap Esophagogastric Reconstruction With Pleural Closure following Minimally Invasive Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy for Esophagogastric Junction Cancer

Akihiko Sano, Makoto Sohda, Nobuhiro Hosoi, Kohei Tateno, Takayoshi Watanabe, Nobuhiro Nakazawa, Ikuma Shioi, Yuta Shibasaki, Takuhisa Okada, Katsuya Osone, Takuya Shiraishi, Makoto Sakai, Hiroomi Ogawa, Hiroshi Okabe, Ken Shirabe, Hiroshi Saeki
  • General Medicine


Intrathoracic esophagogastric anastomosis following minimally invasive Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy is a technically demanding surgical technique that can result in serious intrathoracic infections when anastomotic leakage occurs. Herein, we report a novel side-overlap esophagogastric anastomosis with pleural closure for esophagogastric junction cancer.


The 3 key points of our novel technique were the following: (1) overlap esophagogastric anastomosis and closure of the entry hole were all performed using a linear stapler; (2) the pleura was closed to separate the anastomotic site from the thoracic cavity; and (3) the mediastinal drain was inserted transhiatally from the abdominal cavity.


This modified anastomosis procedure was performed on 8 consecutive patients at our institution. The median overall/thoracoscopic operating time and estimated blood loss were 652.5/241.5 min and 89 mL, respectively. No mortality or serious postoperative complications occurred, and the median postoperative hospital stay was 22 days (range, 17 to 37 d).


This novel thoracoscopic overlap esophagogastric reconstruction procedure with pleural closure is safe and feasible.

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