STOMACH CANCER SURGERY
Finding out you have cancer may be one of the hardest things you can face in life. That’s why it’s important to learn the facts about your condition before choosing a path forward. Doctors often recommend chemotherapy and radiation therapy as the first forms of treatment. However, if a large tumor is discovered and chemo and radiation fail to eradicate it, surgery is prescribed. Our gastrectomy NJ team has enormous experience in providing these often life-saving procedures.
WHY HAVE A GASTRECTOMY?
Stomach cancer is one of the many forms of cancer that can have serious effects on the body. A surgical treatment like such as gastrectomy (partial or full removal of the cancerous part of the stomach) can effectively help treat the stomach cancer.
At NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions, Dr. Val Prokurat and his team of gastrectomy NJ surgeons have extensive experience working on stomach cancer cases. Their expertise and skill can be very reassuring if you have just learned you have stomach cancer and are seeking help. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
WHY DOES THE STOMACH BECOME CANCEROUS?
Cancer is a condition that occurs when the white blood cells in the body divide uncontrollably and destroy the tissues in the affected region of the body. Sometimes, these cancerous cells grow into solid masses on the organs and become tumors. Tumors can be benign (harmless) or malignant (actively harmful); and doctors prescribe treatment depending on the type of cancer a person has.
WHERE DOES STOMACH CANCER START?
Cancer in the stomach can begin due to a glitch in the cells located within the stomach, where the cells develop genetic abnormalities which lead them to divide at an uncontrollable rate. In particular, the cells in the stomach body and the gastroesophageal junction (where the esophagus meets the stomach) are the two places where cancerous tumors usually develop. This usually happens because of the following reasons:
- Poor lifestyle choices – smoking, eating excessively oily or salty foods, ingesting drugs or substance abuse
- Low intake of fruits and vegetables
- Fever-induced inflammation
- GERD-induced cancer (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Presence of stomach polyps
- Helicobacter pylori infection (bacteria which causes ulcers)
- Genetic history of stomach cancer in the family
If you recognize these causes to be familiar to your life or lifestyle, be sure to meet with a doctor today. Recognizing and acknowledging the risk you have of developing stomach cancer can help you avoid unnecessary medical intervention.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
Often, patients become aware of their cancer only during the later stages and at this time, surgery is the best option to treat the condition. Dr. Val Prokurat is a highly-respected stomach cancer surgeon, who has worked with multiple children and adults, treating them for stomach cancer. Speak to him about gastrectomy today.
The traditional treatment technique that your doctor might suggest is an open gastrectomy. In this surgery, a large incision will be made on the stomach and the operation performed. Although effective, this type of surgery results in a very long recovery period, ugly surgical scars and greater risk of complications, considering the size of the surgical site and the extensiveness of the surgery.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY MAY BE YOUR BEST OPTION
If the open surgery is something you are unwilling to consider and you have been diagnosed with stomach cancer and your doctor suggests surgery as treatment, minimally invasive surgery may be an option for you. If this is the case, ask him about the da Vinci® Surgical System.
DETAILS OF THE DA VINCI® SURGICAL SYSTEM
Laparoscopic gastrectomy is done using telescopic instruments and a probe camera to see into the surgical site. A small incision is made, into which these instruments are inserted, as opposed to the surgeon putting his entire hand into the patient’s stomach.
The da Vinci® Surgical System takes laparoscopic surgery to a new level. Using state-of-the-art surgical equipment and the latest in telescopic camera technology, the doctors of the gastrectomy NJ team , will provide focused laparoscopic surgical care to you.
In the course of your surgery, the doctor will first start with a consultation to identify which part of the stomach is cancerous. During this step, the doctor will identify whether you need a complete gastrectomy or a partial gastrectomy.
A complete gastrectomy involves removing the stomach completely and attaching the esophagus to the small intestine surgically. This is performed if the cancer has spread throughout the stomach and there is no way to treat the cancer without complete stomach removal. However, if the cancer has spread only to certain parts of the stomach, a partial or sleeve gastrectomy is performed, where only the affected area of the stomach is removed and the healthy portion is stitched together.
HOW THE GASTRECTOMY WILL BE PERFORMED
During the operation, the doctor begins by making a tiny incision in the pre-identified portion of the stomach/abdomen and inserts the da Vinci® Surgical System into the body. The da Vinci® camera offers an expansive 3D view of the stomach and visually shows the surgeon about the extensiveness of the cancer. The da Vinci® instruments provide the highest degree of flexibility and accuracy to the surgeon when operating, ensuring that minimal movement occurs in the body and the organs are not damaged or infected. Once the surgery is done, the skin is stitched back using medical-grade sutures.
After surgery, you may need to make a few changes to your lifestyle, like:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Eat less fibrous food.
- Avoid salted and fried food.
- Consume nutrient and mineral-rich foods.
- Take medication and supplements regularly.
If you’d like more information about the procedure, contact a member of our staff.