Morbidity and mortality in minimally invasive esophagectomy: where do we stand


  • Subbiah Shanmugam Department of Oncology, Government Royapettah Hospital and Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Syed Afroze Hussain Department of Oncology, Government Royapettah Hospital and Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Kishore Kumar Reddy Department of Oncology, Government Royapettah Hospital and Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Esophagectomy, Minimally invasive, Morbidity, Mortality


Background: The objective of the study was to study morbidity and mortality patterns in patients with carcinoma oesophagus who underwent minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) in a tertiary centre for oncology in South India.

Methods: This was a retrospective observational study of 20 patients with carcinoma esophagus who underwent minimally invasive esophagectomy in center for oncology, Government Royapettah Hospital. Medical records of all these patients treated from September 2016 to August 2019 were collected from medical records department and details regarding the type of lesion, site of the lesion, preoperative chemoradiotherapy, type of surgery performed and post-operative complications were analyzed.

Results: Out of 20 patients who underwent minimally invasive esophagectomy 13 were female and 7 were male. Among these 18 had squamous cell carcinoma, 2 had adenocarcinoma. Thirteen patients had lesion in middle third oesophagus and 7 patients had lesion in lower third oesophagus. Nineteen patients underwent surgery after chemoradiation and one patient underwent upfront surgery. Twelve patients underwent thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy and 8 patients underwent trans hiatal esophagectomy. Perioperative complications were seen in 8 patients of whom pulmonary complications seen in 6 were most common. Anastomotic leaks occurred in 4 patients of which 2 patients were reoperated. One patient died within 30 days of surgery. Voice change and ECG abnormalities occurred in 2 patients each.

Conclusions: Minimally invasive esophagectomy is safe and associated with comparable morbidity. Though the initial learning curve is steep, it helps in faster recovery of the patient. Also, the peri-operative outcome tends to improve with experience.


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