International Cancer Conference Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 117–120 | Cite as

Mesenteric excision for esophageal cancer surgery: based on the concept of mesotracheoesophagus

  • Shin AkagawaEmail author
  • Hisahiro Hosogi
  • Fumihiro Yoshimura
  • Hironori Kawada
  • Seiichiro Kanaya
Video Article


The fundamental principle of surgery for intestinal cancer is mesenteric excision. It has been widely accepted as radical surgery for colorectal cancer, and it comprises procedures such as complete mesocolic excision for colon cancer and total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer. So far, the concept of mesenteric excision of the esophagus has not been well documented, but our surgical experience with a magnified view using a thoracoscope and understanding of the surgical anatomy based on embryologic foregut development has led us to introduce the concept of mesotracheoesophagus. Using this concept, our technique is reproducible, effective, and safe for lymph node dissection along the left recurrent laryngeal nerve. Here we report our concept, procedure, and results of thoracoscopic esophageal cancer surgery.


Mesenteric excision Mesotracheoesophagus Thoracoscopic esophagectomy Upper mediastinum 


Author contributions

Study conception and design: SK. Drafting of manuscript: SA and HH. Critical revision of manuscript: FY, HK, and SK.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this video article and any accompanying images.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryOsaka Red Cross HospitalOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryKyoto City HospitalKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Gastroenterological SurgeryFukuoka University School of MedicineFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Gastroenterological SurgeryHyogo Prefectural Amagasaki General Medical CenterHyogoJapan

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