Gastrectomy

This is a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. Abdominal Organs, Anterior ViewCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:


    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Diarrhea
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
    • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Swelling and/or pain in your legs, calves, or feet

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    This is a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach.

    Abdominal Organs, Anterior View
    gastro intestinal stomach
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    Gastrectomy is most often done to treat
    stomach cancer.
    It is currently the only way to cure stomach cancer. The use of
    chemotherapy
    and
    radiation
    after surgery may help improve survival. Even if the cancer is too advanced to be cured, gastrectomy can help to prevent bleeding, obstruction, and pain.


    In addition to treating stomach cancer, this surgery may also be done to treat:

    • Ulcer disease
    • Bleeding
    • Inflammation
    • Benign tumors in the stomach

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Damage to nearby organs
    • Leaking from the new connection between the stomach, intestine, and/or esophagus
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Hernia formation at the incision site
    • Blood clots
    • Reaction to anesthesia

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications, such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity