Robotic Surgery

A new era for esophageal resection 

ATLANTA Medicine: "Esophagectomy" has long been associated with negative connotations. Physicians' natural instinct to protect their patients from difficult treatments may complicate the discussion of potentially curative surgery for esophageal disorders, especially in the setting of patients' preconceived notions about recovery from surgery of this magnitude. However, a clear increase in the diagnosis of malignant and benign disorders of the esophagus continues to increase demand for esophageal surgery, and newer treatment approaches have evolved.

The most common disorder requiring esophagectomy is esophageal cancer. Major contributing factors to the rise of esophageal cancer incidence include obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and the rising incidence of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagitis. In addition, increasing incidence of autoimmune diseases leading to esophageal and gastric motility disorders as well as increased intake of processed food may be factors contributing to the rising incidence of lower esophageal cancers. The national trend for demand for procedures on the esophagus has thus been on a steady increase over the last 10 years.

Read the full article as it appeared in ATLANTA Medicine.


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Dr. Shady M. Eldaif

Specialties: Robotic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

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Dr. Eldaif is an experienced board-certified thoracic surgeon specializing in robotic surgical procedures. He has a keen interest in incorporating minimally invasive treatment modalities in the care of benign and malignant thoracic diseases for his patients. He has authored and co-authored many publications discussing advanced treatments for achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal and lung cancer, as well as tracheal and thoracic trauma.

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