Course 10: Novel Techniques in Esophageal and Tracheal Surgery

Course Directors: Sidhu P. Gangadharan, Boston, MA, and Christopher R. Morse, Boston, MA


Tracheal and esophageal resection and reconstruction require unique technical skills to achieve success and minimize complications, such as leaks and stricture. Participants will be introduced to several techniques for airway and esophageal reconstruction with emphasis in the different technical aspects (“pearls”) of the anastomosis. This course will provide a hands-on experience that participants can incorporate into their practices. Techniques will include tracheal and sleeve anastomosis, hand-sewn and stapled anastomosis (linear and end-to-end), and tracheobronchoplasty.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Perform tracheal/airway resection and reconstruction
  • Demonstrate esophageal hand-sewn anastomosis techniques
  • Perform esophageal stapled anastomosis (linear and end-to-end)
  • Use tracheobronchoplasty procedure

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.