The Department of Oesophago-gastric Surgery focuses on the surgical treatment and perioperative management of patients suffering from functional and cancerous conditions of the esophagus and stomach, such as reflux disorder (with a sequela, such as Barrett’s esophagus), achalasia, pharyngeal-esophageal diverticulum (Zenker), epiphrenic diverticulum, as well as benign and malignant tumors of the esophagus and stomach (leiomyoma, GIST, adenocarcinomas, squamous tumors, as well as rare tumors ). The surgical team performs over 150 surgeries and sees over 600 patients annually.
The Humanitas teams opts for minimally invasive surgery for all treatments, as indicated by international guidelines, popularizing the approach globally.
Among resective surgeries, esophagectomy and gastrectomy represent two of the most complex surgical procedures that require a coordinated multidisciplinary collaboration in perioperative management (before, during and after surgery). At Humanitas, esophageal and gastric surgery is performed by a specialized team comprised of surgeons, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, dietitians and nutritionists, social workers, oncologists, radiotherapists, anatomical pathologists, radiologists, endoscopists, and gastroenterologists, who work together to define the best treatment pathways.
The team also actively collaborates with other departments of the Cancer Center through weekly multidisciplinary meetings, aimed at defining the best treatment strategies for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the upper digestive tract.