Who Can Get Minimally Invasive Surgery?
- A small subset of patients with esophageal cancer may be eligible for something called minimally invasive surgery.
- Minimally invasive means the procedure is done through a few small cuts made in the body and performed with the help of a camera.
- While it’s touted as being the less invasive approach, it’s not always the best surgery option for esophageal cancer patients.
- Be sure to discuss the risks vs. benefits of minimally invasive surgery, as well as “leak rate,” with your doctor.
“When they say it’s minimally invasive, what do they really mean? We can do it robotically. We can do it laparoscopically,” Dr. Raja Flores, a thoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Health System, tells SurvivorNet. “I have found that in the majority of causes, they’re compromised with this. And that would be my question to a lot of robotic or laparoscopic surgeons: what is your leak rate? It doesn’t matter if you have six small holes here and your leak rate is 15-20 percent.”Read More
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
- What are the risks vs. benefits of getting minimally invasive surgery?
- What does the recovery time look like for this surgery?
- What do I need to do to prepare for this surgery?