Esophagectomy surgery

Posted by survivorsuz @survivorsuz, Thu, Jun 27 3:45pm

Has anyone experienced a minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer (squamous cell type)? Wanting to know what to expect please.

Hello @survivorsuz and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I can understand your concern about your upcoming surgery. Having minimally invasive surgery sounds like a good thing.

I did find some other Members on Connect who have had esophageal cancer. I'm not sure if it was the same type as yours, so their surgical experience might be different than yours. I will tag them and invite them to join this conversation and share with you, @puprluvr @karly @nowayback @trudivo @angelag. Also, here is a link to a conversation about esophageal cancer that might be helpful to you, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esophageal-cancer-2/?pg=1#comment-265047.

As you are comfortable sharing more: Do you know the stage of your cancer? What has your doctor told you about your upcoming surgery? Will this be an outpatient procedure? Is there a date for your upcoming surgery?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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@survivorsuz, I add my welcome. Please note that I moved your message to the Head & Neck Cancer group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/head-neck-cancer/ I did this to help you connect with others who have had esophageal cancer more easily. In addition to the discussion that @hopeful33250 suggested, I also want to point out this discussion:

– squamous cell in throat https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/squamous-cell-in-throat/

I, too, would like to hear more about your upcoming surgery and the questions the Teresa asks above.

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Hello survivor suz
I was diagnosed with EC(adenocarcinoma) in Dec. I had 5 rounds of weekly chemo and 25 rounds of daily chemo in 5 weeks. April 10th I had an esophagectomy, the minimally invasive Ivor Lewis @ Mayo in Rochester. I had a feeding tube inserted during surgery and started on the feeding regimen on day 7 in the hospital and continued for a little over a month @ home while I began eating clear liquids and moving up to solid food on week 3. The feeding tube kept me from losing more weight, basically kept me alive until I could get in more calories. I’m still struggling a bit getting in enough calories and learning what and how to eat, though I basically eat what I want except dairy seems to not agree with me anymore. I walk daily, started mowing my grass, attend yoga classes and have begun practice with my golf clubs. My only advice to you would be to choose a hospital that does many surgeries and deals with many patients diognosed with EC. Best wishes as you gather information that will help you make an informed decision.

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Hello All:

I just read an article from Mayo Clinic about a less invasive treatment for esophageal cancer and wanted to share it with you. I think you will find Mike's story very helpful as you consider your own treatment. Here is the link to the article,
https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2019/07/08/second-opinion-leads-to-less-invasive-treatment-for-esophageal-cancer/?

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Hi @survivorsuz,

How are you doing; did you undergo surgery? I’d really like to hear from you.

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@puprluvr

Hello survivor suz
I was diagnosed with EC(adenocarcinoma) in Dec. I had 5 rounds of weekly chemo and 25 rounds of daily chemo in 5 weeks. April 10th I had an esophagectomy, the minimally invasive Ivor Lewis @ Mayo in Rochester. I had a feeding tube inserted during surgery and started on the feeding regimen on day 7 in the hospital and continued for a little over a month @ home while I began eating clear liquids and moving up to solid food on week 3. The feeding tube kept me from losing more weight, basically kept me alive until I could get in more calories. I’m still struggling a bit getting in enough calories and learning what and how to eat, though I basically eat what I want except dairy seems to not agree with me anymore. I walk daily, started mowing my grass, attend yoga classes and have begun practice with my golf clubs. My only advice to you would be to choose a hospital that does many surgeries and deals with many patients diognosed with EC. Best wishes as you gather information that will help you make an informed decision.

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Hi there, glad you're recovery is going well. I recently had my esophagectomy on Sept 9 and spent 10 crummy days in the hospital. I'm 59 and was diagnosed Stage 2. My doctor reported that the chemo and radiation I had prior to surgery reduced the tumor significantly and he thinks that all the cancer was removed. Thank God! However, he wasn't able to make the normal 2 incisions for the Ivor surgery and had to make another big one through my back. I'm currently taking Tramadol for the pain. How long does this last? I also suffer with ulcerative colitis an easily get constipated or indigestion. Any suggestions? I try to walk daily but am reluctant to start stretching since my right side is so sensitive to pain. I too want to start practicing with my golf clubs. Good luck to all and thanks for any advice.

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@mitchm2009

Hi there, glad you're recovery is going well. I recently had my esophagectomy on Sept 9 and spent 10 crummy days in the hospital. I'm 59 and was diagnosed Stage 2. My doctor reported that the chemo and radiation I had prior to surgery reduced the tumor significantly and he thinks that all the cancer was removed. Thank God! However, he wasn't able to make the normal 2 incisions for the Ivor surgery and had to make another big one through my back. I'm currently taking Tramadol for the pain. How long does this last? I also suffer with ulcerative colitis an easily get constipated or indigestion. Any suggestions? I try to walk daily but am reluctant to start stretching since my right side is so sensitive to pain. I too want to start practicing with my golf clubs. Good luck to all and thanks for any advice.

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Hi @mitchm2009 After going through such an extensive surgery, it must have been good news to hear that the chemo and radiation reduced the tumor significantly to make it easier to remove it with clear margins. Does this mean you don’t have to have chemo or radiation after surgery?

How has your recovery from surgery progressed? Are you swinging those golf clubs again?

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