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Gastrectomy: Introduction

Gastrectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the stomach and reconnection to the small intestine. This surgery used to treat stomach cancer, noncancerous polyps, gastric ulcers, or a hole in the stomach wall. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually involves a seven to ten day hospital stay. If combined with other procedures, the stay can be lengthy....more »


Gastrectomy: Gastrectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the stomach.

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Surgery Costs Report for Gastrectomy

Gastrectomy: Related Terms

Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Gastrectomy include:

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Gastrectomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Gastrectomy:

Other Surgical Options: Gastrectomy

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Gastrectomy may include these surgeries:

Anesthetic Requirements for Gastrectomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Gastrectomy may include:

Procedure Complications: Gastrectomy

Possible surgical complications of Gastrectomy may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Gastrectomy

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: This surgery has a high rate of complications, and about 7 to 10% of patients die in the immediate postoperative stage.

Gastrectomy: Overview

What is Gastrectomy? A gastrectomy is surgery to remove part or all of the stomach. It may be performed either through open surgery which includes a wide abdominal incision or through laparoscopy, which involves a small incision. Gastrectomy is the preferred treatment for cancers of the stomach. During surgery, the tumor, nearby lymph nodes and a portion of the stomach may be removed....more »

Profile: Patient Candidates for Gastrectomy

Who are candidates for Gastrectomy? Most commonly gastrectomy is performed in order to treat a bleeding ulcer or to remove non-cancerous or cancerous tumors....more »

Gastrectomy: Treatment Options

What are alternatives to Gastrectomy? Alternative treatments depend on the condition being treated. For stomach ulcers, medications such as stomach acid blocking drugs may be prescribed....more »

Gastrectomy: Preparing for Surgery

How do you prepare for Gastrectomy? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.

It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.

Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.

Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:

  • Completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may be requested to drink clear liquids only for one or several days prior to surgery.
  • Stop eating or drinking after midnight the night before the operation except medications that your doctor has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
  • Plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
  • Stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery as smoking delays wound healing. Smokers are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery.
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Gastrectomy: Recovery After Surgery

What is the Gastrectomy recovery process? Gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia and you can expect to be in the hospital for seven to ten days depending on your situation.

You will likely experience some pain and discomfort after surgery that can be treated with medication. You may also experience, heartburn and vitamin deficiencies after your surgery and your doctor will prescribe vitamin supplements and other medications. If you have a portion of your stomach removed, you may need to alter your eating patterns to adjust to the new size of your stomach....more »

Gastrectomy: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Gastrectomy: Several weeks to several months.

Gastrectomy: Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Gastrectomy? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

These factors vary depending on you and your situation.

The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.

The detailed cost estimate for Gastrectomy, includes costs for:

  • Partial esophagus removal with/without small intestine reconstruction, or exploration for undiagnosed condition
  • Partial esophagus removal through abdominal or thoracic-abdominal approach
  • Surgical stomach removal with formation of a pouch to connect to small intestine
  • Partial surgical stomach removal with a surgical connection between the stomach and the jejunum or the small intestine
  • Partial surgical stomach removal and cutting of the nerve that supplies acid to stomach
  • Partial surgical stomach removal and cutting of the nerve that supplies acid to the stomach and a surgical connection between the esophagus and the small intestine
  • Partial surgical removal of the stomach with connection between the esophagus and the small intestine, incision and repair in the pylorus channel and cutting of the nerve that supplies acid to the stomach
  • Revision of surgical connection between the stomach and the jejunum
  • Revision of the surgical connection between the stomach and the jejunum with cutting of the nerve that supplies acid to the stomach
  • Partial removal of the pancreas with a surgical formation of an artificial opening between the jejunum and a pancreatic duct, cyst or fistula
  • and Partial removal of the pancreas without an artificial opening.

Surgery Cost Report for Gastrectomy

Gastrectomy: Find a Surgeon or Specialist

Where can I find a Gastrectomy doctor or surgeon? Gastrectomy is typically performed by doctors specializing in Bariatric Medicine, General Surgery, and Surgery - Other. Nationally, there are 54041 practicing Bariatric Doctors, General Surgeons, and Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Gastrectomy doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!

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Descriptions of Gastrectomy

Gastrectomy: An operation to remove all or part of the stomach.
Source: National Institute of Health

Gastrectomy: surgical removal of all or part of the stomach
Source: WordNet 2.1

Gastrectomy: Excision of the whole (total gastrectomy) or part (subtotal gastrectomy, partial gastrectomy, gastric resection) of the stomach. (Dorland, 28th ed)
Source: Diseases Database

Gastrectomy: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Gastrectomy) include:

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