The esophagus is mobilized from its bed sufficiently to allow dissection of the diverticulum, which is most often located posteriorly. The diverticulum is isolated, grasped with a Babcock type forceps, and carefully dissected from its attachments until the entire sac is free and attached to the esophagus only at the neck.
If the diverticulum has a wide neck, a large bougie (60F) is passed down the esophagus, and the diverticulum is then stapled longitudinally using a stapling device (TA) and excised.
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