During distal subtotal gastrectomy, the area of the stomach that is closest to the small intestine is removed. Part of the duodenum might also be removed during this procedure.
Conditions Treated with Distal Subtotal Gastrectomy:
Distal subtotal gastrectomy is utilized to treat stomach bleeding and stomach ulcers. It can also be used to remove stomach cancer or benign tumors in the stomach.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to distal subtotal gastrectomy. However, a surgical alternative is to perform the procedure with a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) method.
Anesthesia with Distal Subtotal Gastrectomy:
Distal subtotal gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Distal Subtotal Gastrectomy:
Possible risks of distal subtotal gastrectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other potential complications include blood clotting, injury to nearby organs, malabsorption, incisional hernia, dumping syndrome and the development of a vitamin B12 metabolism disorder.
Prognosis after Distal Subtotal Gastrectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following distal subtotal gastrectomy is good.
Recovery from Distal Subtotal Gastrectomy:
The total recovery time for distal subtotal gastrectomy is several weeks to several months.