Surgery for Stomach Cancer
- Minimally Invasive Approach
At Scott & White, the majority of operations are performed with minimally invasive techniques. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Better cosmetic result
- Quicker recovery times, allowing you to:
- Return to your daily routine sooner
- Begin future treatment sooner
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Fewer complications
Not all patients are candidates for a minimally invasive approach. Factors affecting the decision to use minimally invasive techniques include:
- Tumor size, stage or location
- Patient obesity and health
- Prior surgeries
Your physician team may recommend the surgical removal of all or part of your stomach. Your team may recommend other treatments in addition to surgery. At Scott & White, we use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible and appropriate, based on your condition.
At Scott & White, treatment goals for stomach cancer generally are centered on stomach-preserving treatments. Our philosophy is to preserve as much of your stomach as possible.
Your operation may be performed using one of the following methods:
- A traditional open approach
- Traditional laparoscopic surgery
Your physician will discuss which option is best for you.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
For very early-stage stomach cancer, your physician may recommend a nonsurgical procedure called endoscopic mucosal resection. In this minimally invasive procedure, your physician will place a very small high-definition camera attached to a thin tube (endoscope) through your mouth and down into your stomach. Using instruments passed through the scope, the tumor can be removed from inside your stomach.
In this surgical procedure, your surgical oncologist will remove your tumor, adjacent lymph nodes and part of your stomach. Your surgeon will reattach the remainder of your stomach to your small intestine.
In this surgical procedure, your surgical oncologist will remove your tumor, lymph nodes and entire stomach. Your surgeon will connect your esophagus directly to your small intestine. You’ll be able to eat only small quantities of food at a time initially following this surgery, but you will adapt over time and eat relatively normally.