Surgery explained

  • Oesophageal (gullet) cancer

    Surgery for oesophageal cancer

    Different types of surgery are used to treat oesophageal cancer. The operation you have will depend on the size and position of the cancer.

  • Oesophageal (gullet) cancer

    What happens before the surgery?

    Your surgery will be carefully planned with you by a team of specialists.

  • General information

    Who might I meet?

    A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

  • Oesophageal (gullet) cancer

    What happens after surgery?

    You’ll be monitored closely after surgery. You will be given fluids through a drip until you can start drinking again, and painkillers to keep you comfortable.

  • General information

    Follow-up care after surgery

    You will have follow-up appointments after your surgery to check on your recovery and any new symptoms.