Preoperative laparoscopic ligation of the left gastric vessels in preparation for esophagectomy.

Abstract

Anastomotic leak is a major cause for morbidity after esophagectomy. The cause is believed to be ischemia of the gastric conduit. Preoperative embolization of the left gastric vessels in preparation for esophagectomy has been shown to improve collateral blood flow of the gastric conduit and may reduce the frequency of anastomotic dehiscence after… (More)

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