Anastomosis technique 2017-03-27T11:30:49-06:00

During an esophagectomy, the stomach is joined (anastomosed) with the remaining esophagus (food tube from the mouth) so that swallowing and digestion are maintained to the extent possible. Historically, the stomach and esophagus have been sewn or sutured together by hand; however, leakage sometimes occurs when this traditional method is used.

A newer method for joining the stomach and esophagus uses a stapling device and has been shown to prevent a significant number of leaks when compared to the traditional suturing method (Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, March 2005: 129(3):623-31).