18,000 new cases of esophageal cancer were reported in 2014, the eighth most common type of cancer. New robotic esophagectomy surgery is being pioneered by Dr. Sharona Ross at Florida Hospital Tampa to help with the process of removing a cancerous esophagus. This new technology lets doctors make small incisions in the patient’s neck and abdomen to completely avoid the chest cavity in removing a cancerous esophagus. Robots enable the doctor to observe the work while making such small incisions. In addition, recovery time is shortened by robot-assisted esophagectomy.
Robotic esophagectomy allows for one surgeon to remain beside the patient’s bed while a second surgeon works the robotic controls. Incisions are made at the patient’s neck and abdomen as the esophagus is removed.
How Does Robotic Esophagectomy Work?
This new surgical technique was used on a patient of Dr. Ross’ who was surprised to be diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Using robotic esophagectomy, Dr. Ross and her team were able to successfully and completely skip the intensive care unit and remove the esophagus of a man recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. After surgery, the patient left the hospital after just six days and felt renewed strength. His insurance was able to cover most of the surgery, which totaled around $134,000.
The esophagus is the conduit which pushes food from the mouth to the stomach. Esophageal cancer can be caused by activities such as smoking, heavy drinking, acid reflux, and a poor diet.
Symptoms of esophageal cancer can include:
- Food becoming lodged in the esophagus
- Weight loss
- Hoarse voice
- Pain when swallowing and chest and/or back pain
For more information on how Florida Hospital Tampa may be able to treat your esophageal cancer, reach out to us today by calling Call813-615-7030.