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The benefits and limitations of robotic assisted transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer


Robotic-assisted transhiatal esophagectomy (RATE) is a minimally invasive approach to total esophagectomy with less morbidity but equivalent efficacy when compared with the traditional open approach. The robotic platform offers numerous technical advantages that assist with the esophageal dissection, which allows the procedure to be completed without entry into the thoracic cavity. The major criticism of the transhiatal approach is that it forfeits the ability of the surgeon to perform a formal lymphadenectomy, but this does not appear to affect long-term survival.

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