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Stomach Cancer Surgery

When a patient is diagnosed with stomach cancer a gastrectomy or gastric resection are operations that remove part or all of the stomach. These procedures are typically indicated for the purpose of treating gastric bleeding, inflammation, ulcer disease and benign stomach tumors.  In some cases, stomach surgery is enough to cure early stages of gastric disease. In others, it is the most effective way of minimizing pain and bleeding, as well as preventing the spread of disease.

Did you know…

stomach cancer is not common in the U.S.? In fact, it is much more common in other areas of the world, such China and Japan. Here in America, diagnoses of stomach cancer are actually declining, with approximately 20,000 cases each year. It is possible to lower the risk of stomach cancer by avoiding tobacco products, lowering salt intake, and seeking treatment if you are infected with the H. Pylori bacteria, which is linked to more than half of all cases of gastric cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

A person with stomach cancer may experience few or no symptoms in the earliest stages of the disease. As the cancer progresses, however, it is not uncommon to begin experiencing nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating and loss of appetite. While these symptoms are more likely to be associated with a much less serious disease, it is important to seek treatment for gastrointestinal symptoms that persist or suddenly worsen.

What types of surgery is used for stomach resectioning?

The different types of stomach cancer surgery or gastrectomy are performed open, laparoscopic, or with daVinci® Robotic surgery. They are performed under general anesthesia.

  • Laparoscopic Surgery uses several small incisions that are made in the abdomen instead of one large incision. With the aid of a small lighted camera, the surgeon can resection the stomach and remove diseased tissues using a minimally invasive technique that improves post-operative pain and expedites the recovery process. A new stomach is made using the intestinal tissues, connecting it to the esophagus.
  • daVinci® Robotic Surgery is performed using robotic instruments from the outside of the body. The surgeon controls these instruments and the camera from a console located in the operating room giving a more detailed 3-D view of the operating site than the human eye can provide. The benefits include less trauma on the body, minimal scarring, and Faster recovery time.

What to expect after surgery?

Stomach operations are inpatient procedures that usually require several days of recovery in the hospital, a modified diet and restricted activity. However, laparoscopic gastric resection often provides for a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to a normal diet and activity. Furthermore, the laparoscopic approach helps minimize scarring and lessen post-operative discomfort.

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