A total gastrectomy is the removal of the stomach.
Also Known As:
- Stomach surgery
- Cancer surgery
- Surgical removal of the stomach
Conditions Treated with a Total Gastrectomy:
A total gastrectomy is utilized in order to treat stomach cancer.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a total gastrectomy.
Anesthesia with a Total Gastrectomy:
A total gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Total Gastrectomy:
Possible risks following a total gastrectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clots and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. An incisional hernia, injury to nearby organs and tissue, dumping syndrome and malabsorption are also possible. Some patients develop pernicious anemia following the procedure.
Recovery from a Total Gastrectomy:
The total recovery time following a total gastrectomy is several weeks to several months