Gastrectomy is a surgical procedure involving removing all or parts of the stomach. The stomach is a J-shaped organ of your body on the left side of the upper abdomen and is a part of the digestive system. Gastrectomy treats several stomach-related problems that do not resolve through other non-surgical treatments. Removing your stomach does not mean you must compromise on what you eat and drink; however, you must make certain lifestyle changes after the procedure.
Read to know more about gastrectomy, when it is recommended, the various types of gastrectomy procedures, how it is performed, and the benefits and risks involved.
“Ectomy” means removal of a part of your body, and “gastro” means stomach. Thus, gastrectomy is a medical procedure for removing all or parts of your stomach when diseased. It is performed to treat stomach cancer and the perforations of the stomach wall. Different techniques of gastrectomy are performed depending on the reason for the surgery and the extent and severity of the pathological disease of the stomach.
Gastrectomy is a surgical intervention carried out to remove the whole or part of your stomach when other non-surgical treatments fail. Your doctor may recommend gastrectomy for the following reasons:
Depending on the part of your stomach that needs to be removed, gastrectomy is one of four types:
It is important to know certain facts about the pre-procedure preparation of a gastrectomy to ease your anxiety for a smooth and speedy recovery post-procedure.
A gastrectomy is done under general anesthesia (a numbing agent to sedate you completely). Once you are put to sleep, the procedure begins:
The length of your hospital stay depends on the extent of the stomach removed, which usually ranges between 3 to 7 days.
As with other procedures, a gastrectomy also comes with its own set of risks and benefits.
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Yes. You can live a normal life after a gastric bypass, provided you pay attention to nutrition and ensure you get all the necessary vitamins and minerals through diet and supplements.
Following gastric sleeve surgery, patients may lose up to 50–75% of their excess weight.
According to the guidelines put forth by the IRDI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) in 2019, gastric sleeve or bariatric surgery is covered by health insurance.
Gastrostomy is a surgical procedure where an opening is made in the stomach to feed a patient through a tube (done for patients who cannot swallow). Gastrectomy is the surgical removal of all or diseased parts of the stomach.
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