Ivor Lewis procedure

Dr Ian Bickle et al.

Ivor Lewis procedure (also known as a gastric pull-up) is a type of oesophagectomy, an upper gastrointestinal tract operation performed for mid and distal oesophageal pathology, usually oesophageal cancer.

Due to the necessity of removing a significant length of the oesophagus, the stomach is "pulled up" into the thoracic cavity. The resulting appearances can be striking on chest x-ray, with the appearances similar to achalasia.


  • laparotomy
    • stomach mobilised, the oesophagus
    • "gastric tube" may be formed
    • abdominal lymphadenectomy
    • possible pyloroplasty or pyloromyotomy (not practised by all surgeons)
  • right thoracotomy
    • oesophagus and adjacent tissue removed en bloc
    • mediastinal lymphadenectomy
    • stomach (or gastric tube) pulled into the chest and anastomosed with the more proximal oesophagus

Conduit is usually paravertebral but may be substernal or right paratracheal.

Differential diagnosis

The imaging differential diagnosis includes

Oesophageal pathology
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rID: 43088
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Gastric pull-up
  • Gastric pull up
  • Ivor Lewis oesophagectomy

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