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Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- 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.
This is a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Gastrectomy is most often done to treat
It is currently the only way to cure stomach cancer. The use of
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
- Benign tumors in the stomach
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
- 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:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity