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.
Give us a call to get started.