Course 7: Advanced Open Esophageal and Tracheal Procedures

Course Directors: David T. Cooke, Sacramento, CA, and Sidharta P. Gangadharan, Boston, MA

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   D.T. Cooke− Consultant/Advisory Board: CoreMobile, Inc

This course will provide hands-on training for several techniques of esophageal anastomosis as well as airway anastomosis and repair.  These advanced operative techniques are not frequently utilized in most thoracic surgeons’ general practice, but competence in these techniques is important.  The course will serve as a refresher for some surgeons, and for others, at least with some of the techniques, the course will allow a safe hands-on exposure to a novel procedure.  Participants will be introduced to several techniques for airway and esophageal reconstruction with emphasis in the different technical aspects (“pearls”) of the anastomosis from content experts.

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

  • Identify and perform an appropriate technique of esophageal anastomosis depending on anatomic or other considerations
  • Perform airway anastomoses and recognize technical pitfalls associated with the various techniques
  • Identify the key steps of Tracheobronchoplasty

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.