Surgery is done on the oesophagus if a tumour is present and it may be cancerous. Dr. Noorbhai will work in conjunction with the rest of your oncology team. Depending on how far the cancer has spread you may have surgery in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation.
You may have one of the following surgeries:
An oesophagus surgery is done to remove a cancerous tumour from the oesophagus. Which type of surgery will depend on the stage of cancer you have been diagnosed with. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy and radiation may be advised in combination with surgery, and therefore a plan should be discussed with your oncologist and Dr Noorbhai. This surgery may also be done for palliative reasons as a way of reducing pain and suffering due to the symptoms of cancer.
Most patients are able to go home after 14 days of observation in the hospital. How soon you will be discharged from hospital depends on whether you are able to drink liquids when waking up, how much pain you have and whether you have someone to look after you at home.
Following this surgery, a part of your stomach may have to be removed meaning your stomach is smaller and requires a change in eating habits. You may experience pain and fatigue after surgery; however, Dr Noorbhai will try make you as comfortable as possible. You will be monitored in hospital for the next two weeks.
You will be able to resume normal after surgery within the next 6 weeks.
The risk of complications during open surgery include: