At Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, our patients can receive an esophagectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the esophagus affected by esophageal cancer. During this procedure, part of the esophagus is removed and another organ, usually the stomach, is used to reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. Traditionally this required large incisions in the neck, chest and abdomen with significant complications; however, our surgeons have specialized training in robotic assisted surgery which allows this procedure to be done through much smaller incisions, resulting in less blood loss, post-operative pain and far less risk of complications. This results in a faster recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities than conventional open surgery. At the Cancer Center, this procedure is performed at a high volume throughout the year.
The symptoms associated with esophageal cancer may be: trouble swallowing, chest pain, weight loss, hoarseness, chronic cough, vomiting, hiccups, bone pain, bleeding into the esophagus, black stool, anemia, or fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor.