It’s important to understand the potential risks and side effects of esophagus cancer surgery before undergoing the procedure. This serious condition can cause pain, tenderness, acid reflux and weight loss.
Risks and side effects of esophagus cancer surgery can be caused by a variety of complications during surgery. For instance, some patients react negatively to the anesthesia, resulting in allergic reactions and possible breathing problems.
As a complex surgical procedure, the potential side effects of esophagus cancer surgery include the general risks of any surgical procedure including :
- Blood clots
- Blood loss
- Heart attack or stroke
- Infection at the incision site and in important organ
These are also side effects and risks involved with any of the esophagectomy procedures:
- Acid reflux
- Stomach, intestinal or lung injury caused during the procedure
- Leak or disruption of sutures where the stomach and esophagus were connected
- Narrowing at the site where the stomach and esophagus were connected (stricture).