Recently, thoracoscopic esophagectomy has been widely accepted as a minimally invasive surgery and a possible standard procedure for esophageal cancer patients. Furthermore, it has an advantage for meticulous lymph node dissection by providing a magnification view and less blood loss. Mediastinal lymphadenectomy, especially upper mediastinal lymph node dissection, is a key point for esophageal cancer surgery because of its high frequency of metastasis and dissection efficacy. To avoid complications such as recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, pneumoniae, chylothorax and unexpected injury in mediastinal lymph node dissection, detailed anatomical knowledge and careful procedures are required for surgeon. An appropriate operative procedure or technique will lead to good short- and long-term outcomes for the patients with esophageal cancer.
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|Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery
|Published - 2019 Sept 1