Pushing the envelope of minimally invasive esophagectomy

Chien-Hung Chiu, Yin-Kai Chao


Esophageal cancer surgery—which is traditionally performed through laparotomy and thoracotomy—carries significant risks in terms of morbidity and mortality (1). Over the last two decades, minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) has emerged as a valuable approach that may help reduce surgical trauma—ultimately minimizing complications rates.