Management of Complications Following Esophagectomy

In this presentation, Matthew Schuchert, MD, and Omar Awais, DO, discuss how to identify malfunctioning gastric conduit after esophagectomy while properly evaluating and managing paraconduit hernias.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Identify malfunctioning gastric conduit after esophagectomy
  • Analyze, evaluate, and manage paraconduit hernias
  • Recognize nonfunctional conduit prior to surgery
  • Describe and enhance recognition of anastomotic leak following esophagectomy
  • Explain therapeutic armamentarium in treating esophageal leaks 
  • Implement and improve outcomes through early recognition and expeditious management of esophageal leaks 


Drs. Schuchert and Awais have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 5/23/2022 | Last Modified On: 4/8/2024 | Expires: 4/4/2025


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