Stomach Cancer Surgery Overview
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.
Stomach Cancer Surgery Reviews
"Dr Amini is an excellent patient focused Dr. He walked me through the my diagnosis, test results and treatment in detail and answered all of my questions. The surgery went very well, no complications and I left the hospital a day early. Follow up has been a good experience. Dr Amini's staff is the best, They are highly skilled and patient focused. My needs were responded to quickly and Ithey made me feel like a priority and part of the family."- G. / Healthgrades / Jan 19, 2017
"Dr. Amini did a laproscopic splenectomy after other doc said it was not possible. It was successful and Doctor Amini was great from beginning to end. Very caring, kind, assuring and compassionate! I could not be more pleased and grateful!"- B.K. / Healthgrades / Jun 29, 2017
"I had gallbladder surgery and was very pleased with the overall experience that Dr. Amini and his staff provided. Dr. Amini is very caring and inspires trust."- A. / Healthgrades / Nov 09, 2016
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 with Stomach Cancer Surgery
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.