Stomach Tumors, Masses, and Lesions
What is Gastric Surgery?
Gastric Surgery refers to any type of surgery performed on the stomach. It is generally performed to remove tumors or masses or to treat those with stomach ulcer disease. A surgical removal of the stomach is called a gastrectomy. This type of surgery may remove the entire stomach or only that portion which is diseased and reconstruct the organ so that it will be able to function in as normal a manner as possible. For those with any type of stomach cancer, this type of surgery is a standard treatment. Dr. Sharona Ross and Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy are experts at minimally invasive surgery for this type of situation, which involves making one incision through the umbilicus as opposed to the large incision through skin and muscle that is made in conventional surgeries.
A stomach ulcer is an open sore found in the lining of the stomach. Without proper treatment, lesions can result in bleeding, perforation, swelling and scarring which causes a narrowing and obstruction of the intestinal opening. Various types of laparoscopic surgery can be performed to treat stomach lesions which do not respond to other treatments. Our Tampa laparoscopic surgeons are experienced in undertaking all types of stomach surgeries to handle this condition.
What to expect after an operation for your stomach:
Some patients but not all experience one or more of the listed symptoms below:
- Early full sensation (early satiety) – with little or no remaining stomach you will have the sensation of feeling full faster.
- Higher frequency of bowel movements – due to the nature of the reconstruction of your GI tract, your food will have faster transit. Long road trips or flights may require frequent trips to the restroom.
- Nausea and/or vomiting may occur after surgery for 1-2 days. This is usually related to the general anesthesia administered during the operation.
Anemia – A specific cell type, important for B12 absorption, is present in your stomach. When a portion or the entire stomach is removed so is the cell type, resulting in poor B12 absorption and therefore anemia. Blood levels will need to be checked by your doctor for 6 months after your operation.
- Iron deficiency – Normally the gastric acid prompts the body to break down dietary iron so it is absorbable for the intestines. If some or all of the stomach is removed less acid will be produced therefore the dietary iron will not be broken down as efficiently.
- High carbohydrate meals such as pasta, sweets, and bread may cause abdominal pain and nausea, as well as flushing and dizziness. You should avoid meals and foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars.
Dr. Sharona Ross and Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with stomach ulcer/tumor/cancer and need surgery as a treatment for the disease, we urge you to consult with us at our office at your earliest opportunity. We serve patients in the greater Tampa area as well as those throughout the state of Florida. Dr. Sharona Ross and Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy and their surgical team are experienced in performing advanced upper GI, pancreatic, gall bladder and liver surgeries.