Minimally invasive esophagectomy—standard of care

June S. Peng, Steven N. Hochwald


Minimally invasive resections for oncologic intent have been increasing over time and are being embraced by surgeons and patients. For esophagectomies, data from the National Cancer Database in the United States show an increasing adoption of the technique over time with 26.9% of esophagectomies performed using a minimally invasive approach in 2012 (1) compared to 55.9% in 2015 (2).