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Esophagectomy: Removing a Portion of the Esophagus to Treat Cancer

Sometimes the best treatment for esophageal tumors is esophagectomy. With this procedure, some of the esophagus is removed and replaced with either part of the stomach or colon. Esophagectomy is the best hope for a cure for some patients with esophageal cancer, and it can work even after other treatments have failed.

Patients from all over Florida seek out AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa’s advanced foregut surgeon Dr. Sharona Ross for her ability to provide minimally invasive surgery procedures. In most cases, Dr. Ross is able to offer minimally invasive esophagectomy, an approach that works just as well as an open procedure. Because it involves small incisions, minimally invasive surgery is easier on patients in a number of ways. While minimally invasive esophagectomy is still a major surgery, patients tend to have shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries than they would with a larger external incision.

Robotic Esophagectomy – Giving Patients a Minimally Invasive Option

Dr. Ross is accomplished in robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic esophagectomy involves several small incisions in the abdomen and small, robotic instruments. A tiny scope with a light and camera is inserted through one of these incisions so surgeons can see the surgical site. After surgery, patients are left with only a few small scars no larger than 8 mm long (roughly half the width of a dime) instead of a large abdominal incision of several inches.

Even when performed minimally invasively, an esophagectomy is a major operation. It will take a few weeks to fully recover, and patients can expect changes to their voices and digestive tracts while they heal. During their recoveries, patients will receive support from the AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa and instructions about how to progress from a thickened liquid diet to a normal diet as they are gradually able to tolerate larger quantities of food.

Because minimally invasive esophagectomy involves a faster recovery, many patients are able to begin the next portion of their cancer treatment sooner than they would after an open operation.

To view actual footage of these surgical procedures, please visit the PROCEDURE VIDEOS and ADDITIONAL RESOURCES page in the For Medical Professionals section of the site.

If you need esophageal surgery and want to see if a robotic esophagectomy is right for you, call for an appointment with an AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa foregut surgeon at Call813-615-7030.


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  • Esophageal Cancer

    Typically esophageal cancer requires surgery in addition to radiation and chemotherapy. Learn more about the surgical treatments our specialists can provide.

  • Achalasia

    The experienced surgeons at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa offer effective and permanent treatment for achalasia. Learn more about these treatment options.

  • Acid Reflux/GERD

    AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa is a regional top provider of care for acid reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux.

  • Barrett's Esophagus

    The gastroenterologists and surgeons at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa provide leading-edge treatment for Barrett’s esophagus. Learn more today.

  • Swallowing Disorders

    Our board-certified speech pathologist can assist patients with swallowing disorders and voice issues.

  • Esophageal Surgery

    At AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, we offer minimally invasive, robotic esophageal surgery as a cancer treatment option.

  • Upper Endoscopy / Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

    An upper endoscopy helps doctors look at the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine and can help diagnose a range of conditions.

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Faster Recoveries, Better Outcomes

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

All the surgeons at the Digestive Health Institute (DHI) at AdventHealth Tampa have a large depth of experience in offering minimally invasive surgery.

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Sharona Ross

MD, FACS

Advanced Foregut and HPB Surgeon

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Surgical Consultations For Digestive Cancer Without The Wait

Appointments Within Five Days for Patients with Cancer

At AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, we know that after being diagnosed with cancer, patients want and often need to begin treatment quickly. So we make it a priority to offer appointments for cancer surgery consultations within five business days, and often earlier.

Patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, or have just found out they have cancer again, qualify for this priority access. Our surgeons will make themselves available to see you right away, even for a second opinion. We want to help you start your treatment as soon as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the digestive system, don’t wait.
Call the Digestive Health Institute at 813-615-7030.

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