• Chapter 1. Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Anastomotic Leak after Esophagectomy
(M. C. Fernandez, M. E. Barrios, F. López and R. Martí-Obiol, Upper Gastrointestinal and Peritoneal Oncology Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Hospital Clínico Universitario, Valencia, Spain)
• Chapter 2. Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy: Mediastinal Lymph Node Dissection and Preservation of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve
(Kazuo Koyanagi, Kohei Kanamori, Soji Ozawa, Yamato Ninomiya, Kentaro Yatabe, Tadashi Higuchi
and Miho Yamamoto, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine, Isehara, Japan, and others)
• Chapter 3. Hybrid Laparo-Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer: Combined Endoscopy-Assisted Laparoscopic Transhiatal and Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy with Artificial Pneumothorax
(Yosuke Izumi, MD, Patient Support Center, Department of Clinical Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center, Komagome Hospital, Tokyo, Japan)
A Comprehensive Guide to Esophagectomy first discusses the benefits of different anastomotic techniques, procedures for improving healing, methods to assess gastric conduit perfusion, and methods for the detection and management of the cervical anastomotic leak after esophagectomy.
The authors review previous literature on minimally invasive esophagectomy, particularly reports that have focused on thoracoscopic esophagectomy with mediastinal lymph node dissection, describing recent advances in robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer.
The concluding study focuses on hybrid laparo-thoracoscopic esophagectomy, with the concept of widening the operation area of the laparoscopic transhiatal approach, reducing the operation area of the right thoracoscopic approach and eventually aiming for radical laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy without blunt dissection.