Whether tumors are malignant or benign, surgery
for patients with esophageal disease may be offered
for cure or to improve quality of life. Penn thoracic
surgeons are experienced in state-of-the-art esophageal
surgical techniques such as minimally invasive
surgery that not only offer you the best possible
treatment but also limit your pain and discomfort.
The Latest Treatments
As not only leaders but teachers in the field
of thoracic surgery, we are experienced in all
the different approaches to the resection of the
esophagus, including transhiatal, thoracoscopic,
and thoracotomy approaches.
We also have wide experience with the removal
of benign tumors such as leiomyomas and esophageal
cysts, both of which can usually be removed with
video assisted thoracic surgery. This technique
utilizes three small incisions instead of one
major chest incision and typically offers a more
rapid postoperative recovery.
Our experience also includes several surgical
procedures for the treatment of Zenker’s
A Team Approach
And while surgery may be the sole treatment for
esophageal tumors in many cases, Penn thoracic
surgeons work closely with oncologists and other
members of your health care team to determine
how surgery can be combined with other forms of
treatment to provide you with the best possible
outcome in the case of esophageal cancer.
As surgeons, we are committed not only to offering
you the latest, most advanced surgical techniques
but also providing you with the complete care
you need both pre- and post-operatively.