Article Abstract

Robotic esophagectomy: a better way or just another way?

Authors: Jacob A. Klapper, Matthew G. Hartwig


The authors present a concise case report of their experience performing a three-field esophagectomy robotically (1). They have clearly developed a methodology for performing this operation that works well and their report demonstrates the profound forethought that they have given towards safely performing this operation minimally-invasively. Reading this article, we are reminded of the long-standing question of what the superior approach is for esophagectomy. Multiple authors and centers have offered their opinions as to which approach is better over the years, often citing conflicting data (2,3). Now with the application of robotic technology we have yet another entrant into the discussion of what represents the best technique.