Minimally Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Atresia

Treating esophageal anastomoses that have strictured or stenosed

The Problem

Esophageal atresia is a rare congenital anomaly that occurs when there is incomplete development of the esophagus, resulting in blind upper and lower esophageal pouches. The majority of these cases can be repaired by primary surgical anastomosis. However, stricture development after repair is common.

The Solution

By harnessing the power of magnets, the team plans to revise esophageal anastomoses that have strictured or stenosed. The formation of strictures will often require frequent anesthetics to perform multiple esophageal dilations and potentially surgery to revise when dilation failes. The magnetic device would be used to reconnect the two parts of the malformed esophagus, thus avoiding the difficult and time-consuming steps of thoractomy with chest dissection and hand-sewing a new anastomosis.

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