Minimally-invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is a very complex procedure performed with small incisions in the abdomen and in the chest. With this technique, a procedure that is identical or better than traditional surgery can be performed.
The advantages of the MIE include reduced hospital stay, less post-operative pain, and better aesthetic outcomes.
The post-operative course meets the ERAS (Enhanced Recovery after Surgery) criteria, with the goal of a rapid, safe, and protective hospital discharge. Thoracic surgery at ISMETT is one of the centers of reference for VATS lobectomy in Italy, and actively participates in research, study, and scientific coordination initiatives. ISMETT works in collaboration with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), one of the centers of reference in the world for minimally-invasive esophageal surgery.