Article Abstract

Minimally invasive mesoesophageal resection

Authors: Miguel A. Cuesta

Abstract

Based in the anatomical concept of the mesoesophagus, that at subcarinal level all the vessels come through a by-layer connective tissue plane from the aorta to the esophagus whereas supracarinally these structures will come from both sides, with vagal and recurrent laryngeal nerves, a minimally invasive mesoesophageal (MIME) resection model may be described. Based on this surgical plane concept, dissection of esophagus and mediastinal lymphadenectomy can be performed along these structures establishing clear anatomical modules for an adequate oncological resection.