Esophageal reconstruction after cancer surgery the esophagus is the narrow tube that connects your mouth to your stomach if your doctor recommends esophageal surgery to treat your cancer the doctor may remove all or part of your esophagus the size and location of the tumor determines how much of the esophagus the doctor will take out. Reconstructive surgery of the esophagus allows the reader to take a fresh look at a subject that is mired in history and convention the result is an honest examination of current dogma providing a basis for rational decision making. Reconstructive surgery of the esophagus is clearly and succinctly written while it draws heavily on the authors considerable experience one of the attractions of this book is that it is clearly evidence based and as well as being liberally referenced the key references and their conclusions are highlighted in tabular form in each chapter. Objective current standard techniques for surgical reconstruction of the esophagus remain suboptimal primary closure of unhealthy esophagus has been associated with a high morbidity rate primarily due to leak and stricture and synthetic materials are contraindicated due to the high risk of erosion and infection degradable extracellular matrix ecm scaffolds have recently shown promising . Esophageal reconstruction using colon graft was investigated in this review since the first use of the colon for esophageal reconstruction by kelling and vulliet the colon reconstruction became a reliable surgical option to reconstruct partially or totally the esophagus
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