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Comparative Study
, 81 (11), 1620-2

Two-team Synchronous Oesophagectomy

Comparative Study

Two-team Synchronous Oesophagectomy

G C Gurtner et al. Br J Surg.


Between 1984 and 1992, 131 patients underwent two-team synchronous oesophagectomy for carcinoma. Some 95 per cent of tumours were successfully resected by this technique. In 5 per cent of patients the tumour was found to be irresectable at operation and gastric bypass was performed. The overall operative mortality rate was 8 per cent and the pulmonary complication rate 10 per cent. The actuarial survival rate was 55 per cent at 1 year, 22 per cent at 3 years and 16 per cent at 5 years. When compared with the traditional two-stage Lewis approach, two-team synchronous oesophagectomy was significantly faster (mean 222 versus 282 min), but was not significantly different with respect to blood loss, transfusion requirement, pulmonary complications or operative mortality rate. Patients undergoing two-team oesophagectomy had a significantly shorter hospital stay than those receiving the two-stage procedure (mean 16 versus 24 days).

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