Safe and Appropriate Minimally Invasive and Robotic Esophagectomy in a Community Cancer Center

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American Surgeon


Objectives; Minimally invasive esophagectomy is a technically challenging procedure that been associated with better outcomes at high-volume tertiary care centers. Louisiana is one of the most impoverished states, and travel to a “destination center” is not an option for many patients. We hypothesize that patients can obtain excellent surgical outcomes following MIE in a comprehensive community cancer center. Methods; We identified all patients who underwent totally robotic MIE by a single surgeon at our center from July 2018 to November 2020. All cases were performed using totally robotic Ivor Lewis technique with intrathoracic isoperistaltic esophagogastrostomy. Incidence, demographics, treatment, and outcomes were compared before and after first 10 cases using Student’s t-test. Results; We identified 21 patients; 16 male and 5 female. Mean age 65 (49-85). 19 patients underwent MIE for malignancy; 18 of these received neoadjuvant therapy. OR time decreased following the first 10 cases (502 vs. 408 minutes, P = 0.0127). Average lymph node harvest was 14 (4-23 nodes). Positive margin rate was 0%. Mean length of stay trended towards a decrease after the first 10 cases (11 vs. 9 days, P = NS). There were no leaks or strictures. Thirty-day readmission was five patients. Ninety-day mortality was 0%. Conclusion; These outcomes rival those of high-volume referral centers and demonstrate that totally robotic MIE can be performed with excellent outcomes in community center. These data call into question the need for all patients to travel to “destination centers” to receive complex oncologic surgery.

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