While a sleeve gastrectomy has become popular for surgical weight loss, a full or partial gastrectomy is performed to treat medical problems. Removing part or all of the stomach with laparoscopic gastrectomy can be used to treat stomach cancer, benign tumors, bleeding, inflammation, and sever ulcers. At Arizona Premier Surgery, the skilled surgeons help patients treat stomach conditions with laparoscopic gastrectomy for full or partial removal of the stomach. Laparoscopically assisted gastrectomy (LAG) typically causes less pain for the patient and has a faster recovery time than open stomach surgery. A laparoscopic gastrectomy also has a lower rate of complications than open surgery, which makes it a great option for many patients.
"Dr. Albert Amini is a total rockstar. He's the most impressive surgeon I've ever interacted with, hands down. Not only does he have a tremendous surgical record, he listens attentively and has the rare gift of being able to condense complex information into explanations that even we laypeople can digest.He was carefully deliberate and considerate even for my simple, routine surgery (appendectomy), so I cannot recommend him highly enough, if you or a loved one is ever in a complicated scenario requiring a thoughtful doctor who will be attentive and willing to take time to really *hear* you and establish a plan of action WITH you. The peace of mind he will give you will be well worth the trip to Arizona!"- T.B. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2018
"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
"This review is for Dr. Bianca Vazquez. I would give a million stars if that were an option! She is the endocrinology specialist and I just had my follow-up with her after she removed my thryroid 16 days ago. First of all, she is an incredibly talented and skilled surgeon. My steri-strips were removed today and my scarring is so minimal it's almost shocking that the procedure was done 16 days ago! My favorite thing about her is her bedside manner. She was so good about taking plenty of time to explain EVERYTHING including different options for treatment, post care, follow up and even diet advice! She's the epitome of the "new school" of doctors which emphasizes the importance of patients' input and participation in their own care. It's like you make the decisions together. The Scottsdale office is beautiful and Dr. Vazquez and the staff provide a warm and welcoming environment. I just love how personable she is and I feel like I not only found an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled surgeon but that I have made a new friend. Look no further if you need endocrinology surgery! She's the BEST!!!"- Z.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2017
"I was referred to Dr Vazquez by my Endocrinologist because of the fast growing nodules on my thyroid. Knowing she worked at Mayo Clinic, I had a really good feeling going in. We first met her at the consultation & were immediately impressed with the thorough information she gave us. She made sure we did not have any further questions regarding surgery before letting us go. It was really nice to have an option as to where the surgery would take place. She came to see me in pre-op right before surgery to let my family know how long to expect the surgery to be & ensure we had no further questions. My scar from surgery is barely visible. So much so, that when I went for post-surgery, her nurse had to do a double take. Not only a terrific surgeon, this lady has drive & thrives to be above & beyond any expectations of her patients. We definitely need more doctors like Dr Vazquez!!! Terrific lady!!!"- N.W. / Google / Dec 04, 2017
"I met Dr. Amini when I was told I had to have my appendix removed that same night in the ER when I went in for abdominal pain. His bed side manner, patience and explaining the whole surgery and answering all questions my mom and I had was beyond excellent. My surgery went very well with no complications. He is extremely thorough. After seeing him in his office after surgery my opinion of him still stands. He's an amazing surgeon, very kind, assuring, compassionate and his patient care is outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need! Thank you Dr. Amini for taking such great care of me!"- A.M. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
Common Reason for Surgery
The main reason part or all the stomach is removed is when the patient has stomach cancer or cancer that has spread from another part of the body to the stomach. The spread of the cancer will determine how much of the stomach will be removed during the gastrectomy. In some cases, surrounding lymph nodes, the spleen, and parts of the esophagus, intestines, and pancreas may also need to be removed. A laparoscopic gastrectomy can be performed on most stages of stomach cancer. Patients who have the CDH1 gene have a greater chance of developing stomach cancer, so a total gastrectomy can be performed to prevent cancer.
About Lap Gastrectomy
Patients are put under general anesthesia during their stomach removal surgery, which is sometimes known as "keyhole surgery." The surgeon will first make small incisions in the abdomen where the laparoscopes will be inserted. In a partial gastrectomy, the lower half of the stomach and any affected lymph nodes will be removed. The remaining part of the stomach will be re-connected to the small intestine to allow normal digestion. A complete gastrectomy will remove the whole stomach before the surgeon connects the esophagus to the small intestine. After a gastrectomy, patients will have dietary restrictions and will also need to take several supplements to maintain their health.
What to Expect
A laparoscopic gastrectomy takes about 2 hour to complete before the patient is moved to recovery. Patients will spend several nights in the hospital to receive proper post-operative care and close observation. Once the patient is released to go home, it typically takes 4 – 6 weeks before the patient is recovered enough to resume normal activities. Patients should schedule a follow up appointment in 6 – 8 weeks so the doctor can check the recovery process and discuss dietary changes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4 - 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 - 8 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
If you have been diagnosed with stomach cancer or another stomach condition that has not improved with nonsurgical treatments, schedule a consultation at Arizona Premier Surgery to learn about laparoscopic gastrectomy. Removing part or all of the stomach with our minimally invasive gastrectomy can improve your overall health with an easier, shorter recovery.