Last revised by Yusra Sheikh on 16 Jan 2023

Esophagectomy is a surgical procedure that involves excision of the majority of the esophagus and part of the proximal stomach, usually as a treatment for esophageal carcinoma or carcinoma of the gastric cardia, although benign conditions (e.g. stricture) may - rarely - be treated with this approach.

Esophagectomies are usually classified as either:

There are also different types of esophageal interposition:


These surgeries are technically demanding and have a high complication rate. Complications depend on the type of esophagectomy, but include

See: fluoroscopic evaluation of esophagectomy

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