We thank Cuesta et al for their comments on our study. The question is posed whether the outcomes of our population-based study from the Netherlands can be compared to the TIME trial, a Dutch randomized study that compares minimally invasive (MIE) with open (OE) transthoracic esophagectomy.
We agree that a limitation of our study is that we used pulmonary complications as a composed primary outcome measure. [...],
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Seesing, M., & Wijnhoven, B. (2018). Response: "A Propensity Score-matched Analysis of Open Versus Minimally Invasive Transthoracic Esophagectomy in the Netherlands". Annals of Surgery, 268(6), e75–e76. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000002644