Gastrectomy

Indications
Gastric (stomach) cancer and severe, recurrent ulcer disease are the two
most common indications for gastrectomy.

Preoperative Evaluation
All patients undergo either endoscopy of the stomach called EGD or less
commonly an upper GI barium study. Additionally, in the case of cancer, a
CAT scan and blood tests are usually performed.

Procedure
The affected portion of the stomach is removed and the remaining stomach
is then sewn to the intestine. For cancer the lymph nodes surrounding the
stomach are also removed.

Length of Stay
Variable depending upon overall patient health however the average is about
five days.

Recovery
4 to 6 weeks with no driving for 2 weeks and no lifting over 10 pounds for
6 weeks.