To use meta-analysis to compare oncologic outcomes of minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) with open techniques (thoracoscopic and/or laparoscopic). Analysis includes the extent of lymph node (LN) clearance, number of LNs retrieved, staging, geographic variance, and mortality.
Dantoc M, et al "Evidence to support the use of minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. A meta-analysis" Arch Surg 2012; 147: 768-776.
Marc Dantoc, MBBS(Hons), MPhil(Med); Michael R. Cox, MBBS, MS, FRACS; Guy D. Eslick, PhD, FFPH