Gastrectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. It is often done to remove tumours or areas with ulcers. In some cases, the
doctor may also cut the nerves that signal the stomach to make acid. This is
called a vagotomy.
The doctor will close the cut (incision) in
your belly with stitches or surgical staples. These will be removed 7 to 10
days after surgery.
After surgery, your stomach will be smaller than before. This means that
you will get full more quickly when you eat. You may need to change the way you
eat so that you get enough nutrition. Drink fluids between meals instead of
with meals. You may need to eat 5 or 6 small meals each day instead of 2 or 3
Most people go home 4 to 5 days after surgery. You
will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine in 4 to 6
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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