What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Esophagectomy?

This is surgery to remove the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach.

Esophagectomy may be used to treat:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign tumors and cysts of the esophagus
  • Other esophageal abnormalities

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have esophagectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Soreness in throat
  • Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
  • Leaks from the internal suture line
  • Heart attack

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing heart or lung conditions
  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol intake

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any...