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World J Gastroenterol. Nov 28, 2018; 24(44): 4974-4978
Published online Nov 28, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i44.4974
Learning curves in minimally invasive esophagectomy
Frans van Workum, Laura Fransen, Misha DP Luyer, Camiel Rosman
Frans van Workum, Camiel Rosman, Department of Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen 6500 HB, Netherlands
Laura Fransen, Misha DP Luyer, Department of Surgery, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven 5602 ZA, Netherlands
Author contributions: van Workum F, Luyer MDP and Rosman C designed research; van Workum F and Fransen L performed research; van Workum F analyzed data; all authors wrote the paper.
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Corresponding author to: Frans van Workum, MD, Academic Research, Doctor, Department of Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, Nijmegen 6500 HB, Netherlands.
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Received: August 25, 2018
Peer-review started: August 27, 2018
First decision: October 11, 2018
Revised: October 28, 2018
Accepted: November 2, 2018
Article in press: November 2, 2018
Published online: November 28, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: Surgical innovation and pioneering are important for improving patient outcome, but can be associated with learning curves. The impact of surgical learning curves is increasing, due to increasing complexity of innovative surgical procedures and the rapid rate at which new interventions are implemented. Learning curves of minimally invasive esophagectomy can take years to complete and evidence based training and safe implementation programs are paramount to decrease implementation associated morbidity.