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Combined thoracoscopic and laparoscopic esophagectomy: experience, technique and cautions

Yong Zhang, Guang-Jian Zhang, Qi-Fei Wu, Zhuo-Qi Jia, Shuo Li, Jun-Ke Fu


We described a 59-year-old female, who came to our institute with the diagnosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The preoperative clinical diagnosis was stage II esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The three-stage minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE), combined thoracoscopic-laparoscopic esophagectomy with cervical anastomosis, was performed in this case. The lateral-prone decubitus position and Harmonic scalpel facilitate the operation.

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