Research and Scholarship

Surgical Advancements in Esophagectomy

Transformative techniques enhance patient outcomes and quality of life

February 28, 2024

KPSOM Faculty Member Jeffrey B. Velotta

KPSOM Faculty Member Jeffrey B. Velotta

A recent medical study sheds light on groundbreaking advancements in esophagectomy, a vital procedure for treating esophageal cancer. The research highlights technical modifications to the minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy, allowing for earlier oral nutrition and eliminating the need for jejunostomy feeding tubes, thereby significantly reducing postoperative complications.  

Jeffrey B. Velotta, MD, FACS, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson of Medicine (KPSOM) Professor of Clinical Science, is coauthor of “Surgeons Are Humanizing the Esophagectomy,” published in the American College of Surgeons Bulletin.

The study underscores the importance of multidisciplinary perioperative management, particularly in tailored nutrition strategies. It outlines innovative surgical techniques aimed at improving patient outcomes and enhancing quality of life, offering hope for improved outcomes for cancer patients.

Read the article here .