Esophagectomy in Port Jefferson, NY
An esophagectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove part or all of the esophagus in order to potentially cure a patient’s esophageal cancer. The remaining esophagus is then attached to the stomach, which may be shifted up into the chest depending on how much of the esophagus had to be removed.
Meet Dr. Brevetti
Dr. Gregory Brevetti has been board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 2001. With over 20 years of experience in thoracic surgery, patients throughout Long Island seek out Dr. Brevetti when they’re in need of an esophagectomy. If you’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and require surgery, an esophagectomy from Dr. Brevetti might be an option for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment in Port Jefferson at (631) 353-0909 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
How Much of the Esophagus Will Need to Be Removed During an Esophagectomy?
Each case is different, but generally, you can expect your surgeon to remove the cancerous tissue and 3-4 inch margins around it to make sure that no cancer is left behind. Part of the stomach may need to be cut away as well if it has been affected by the cancer.
If the surgeon is unable to join the stomach with the modified esophagus, they may elect to replace the missing tissue with a piece of the intestine. This method typically works quite well, though it is imperative that the intestine be relocated without damaging its blood vessels since this would cause the tissue of the intestine to die.
Some nearby lymph nodes will be removed during the esophagectomy as well. By testing these lymph nodes, Dr. Gergory Brevetti will be better able to determine whether or not your cancer is likely to spread. If cancerous cells are found within the lymph nodes, Dr. Brevetti is likely to recommend other treatment methods such as chemotherapy or radiation.
How Extensive is an Esophagectomy Procedure?
For many years esophagectomies have been performed as open surgeries, which require large incisions that take a great deal of time to heal. With modern technologies, surgeons are now able to perform minimally invasive esophagectomies, though these are typically only advised for patients diagnosed with early stages of esophageal cancer.
Schedule an Esophagectomy Consultation in Port Jefferson
If you’re seeking an esophagectomy in the Port Jefferson area, contact Dr. Gregory Brevetti today. Give our office a call at (631) 353-0909 or request an appointment through our secure online form. Dr. Brevetti sees patients from throughout Suffolk County and all of Long Island.