Robotic-assisted surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery photo tour

The photo tour below will explain and illustrate what will happen during your surgery.

  1. To begin, click on the first image below.
  2. Select the "Next" button in the top right of the image to advance to the next image.

Medical robot treats esophageal cancer

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Your Esophageal Cancer Surgery, surg-ahc-93825
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009

Risks/complications of surgery

As with any surgery, there are possible risks and/or complications involved. These can include the following:

  • general anesthesia risks
  • bleeding that requires a blood transfusion or another surgery
  • leak from anastomosis (surgical connection)
  • vocal cord injury causing voice changes or problems with swallowing (This is usually temporary.)
  • infection at an incision site
  • pneumonia
  • other respiratory problems that require breathing support
  • heart attack, stroke or blood clots
  • weakness, loss of muscle strength that requires rehabilitation
  • scarring or tightening of the new connection between the stomach and esophagus, known as stricture (Many patients need at least one - possibly several - stretching procedures to keep the connection open.)
  • the possibility that the cancer can't be removed
  • other

You may have others that are not on this list. Please talk with your surgeon about any concerns or questions you have.