The Adjustable Esophageal Reconstruction Tube* is a modification of the original design of the Hood Esophageal Reconstruction Tube. It is used in temporary reconstruction and stenting of the cervical esophagus.
The tube is used after the first-stage operation to relieve profuse salivary leakage by way of the pharyngostoma. It maintains a wide patent pharyngostoma and creates a trough between the pharyngostoma and the esophagostoma to facilitate the second-stage procedure.
The funnel shaped superior end conforms to the hypopharynx and has been redesigned to adapt to the anatomy of the esophagus at the upper post cricoid level. The bulbous protrusions are adjustable allowing flexibility in adjustment of the tube position to prevent displacement without suturing the tube.
The Hood Intended Use and Instruction Manual, which is supplied with each product, provides detailed information on insertion technique, sterilization, and postoperative care.
* Designed with assistance from Isaac Eliachar, M.D.,
Cleveland Clinic Foundation