- Suture-line leak (if symptomatic then proceed to thoracotomy and repair, if asymptomatic then manage conservatively)
- Pleural effusion
- Subphrenic abscess
- Recurrence of diverticulum. If symptomatic this is managed by open surgery.
- Gastro-esophageal reflux with stricture (treated by dilatation and anti-reflux medication)
- Para-esophageal hernia (may require surgical therapy and repair of the hernia)
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