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Circular stapled technique versus modified collard technique for cervical esophagogastric anastomosis after esophagectomy. A randomized controlled trial.

Hosoi T, Abe T, Higaki E, Fujieda H, Nagao T, Ito S, et al.

Ann Surg 2022; 276: 30-37.

In this study of 100 oesophagectomies, the rate of postoperative anastomotic stricture was 42 per cent after stapled and none after the Collard technique. Anastomotic leak rates were similar. Quality of life domains concerning swallowing were also significantly better after three months.

Comment: Should this be the standard of care?

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