Esophagectomy is the surgical removal of the lower two-thirds or nearly the entirety of the esophagus, along with the uppermost part of the stomach, and all of the surrounding lymph nodes. The stomach is then reshaped into a “new esophagus,” brought up into the chest or the neck, and reconnected to the remaining portion of the esophagus.
Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy
In the Ivor Lewis esphagectomy, the esophageal tumor is removed through an abdominal incision and a right thoracotomy (a surgical incision of the chest wall). The esophagogastric anastomosis (reconnection between the stomach and remaining esophagus) is located in the upper chest.