Esophageal Surgery

After a diagnosis of esophageal cancer, patients may need surgery to remove the tumor. We offer surgical treatment to patients with esophageal cancer in Fort Worth, Texas, and nearby cities. Patients with esophageal cancer should contact North Texas Surgical Specialists to make an appointment with an experienced surgeon.

What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

Depending on the stage of the cancer and other factors, treatment for esophageal cancer may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. In many cases, patients will need more than one type of treatment.

What happens during esophageal cancer surgery?

Our surgeons can perform several different surgical procedures for patients with esophageal cancers. For small tumors, our surgeons may remove only the tumor and a small amount of tissue around it. For larger tumors, they may perform an esophagectomy, which involves the removal of part of the esophagus, as well as some nearby lymph nodes. Finally, for large, invasive tumors, our surgeons may perform an esophagogastrectomy, which involves the removal of part of the esophagus, some nearby lymph nodes, and the upper part of the stomach. These surgeries may be performed laparoscopically, or they may be performed as an open procedure.

After both esophagectomy and esophagogastrostomy, part of the esophagus will be gone from the patient’s body. To compensate for this, our surgeons will connect the remaining portion of the esophagus to the stomach. In some cases, they may need to use part of the colon to replace a portion of the missing tube.

What are the risks of esophageal cancer surgery?

Like all surgical procedures, esophageal cancer surgery poses some risks to the patient. Patients who undergo one of these procedures may experience bleeding or infections. Any surgery includes the possibility of a patient having a reaction to anesthesia, but serious complications are rare.

Will surgery cure esophageal cancer?

In some cases, patients with small tumors may not need any other treatment after esophageal cancer surgery. However, if the tumor is large and/or invasive, patients may also need to undergo radiation and/or chemotherapy to improve their chances of a cure.

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