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Stomach removal surgery (gastrectomy)

Partial or total gastrectomy

A major operation to remove part or all of the stomach

About

Stomach removal surgery (gastrectomy) is usually used to treat cancer. However, your consultant may recommend it if you have stomach ulcers or need to lose a lot of weight quickly. There are different types of gastrectomy: full, partial, sleeve and oesophagael. They're all major medical procedures.

Need to know

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    Exactly what happens during your procedure depends on the type of gastrectomy you have. They're all carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. If you have open surgery, your surgeon makes a large cut in your abdomen and then removes part or all of your stomach. If you have keyhole surgery (laparoscopic surgery), your surgeon makes a number of small cuts in your abdomen and uses specialist instruments to remove part or all of your stomach.
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    Because this procedure involves general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking before your operation. They'll let you know if you need to do anything else to prepare. As with all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have.
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    You'll have a catheter. You won't be very mobile so it'll allow you to empty your bladder without going to the toilet. Depending on your procedure, you might have a tube passing through your nose into your stomach or small intestine. Until you can eat normally, you get the nutrients you need through a small tube in one of your veins or into your bowel. Regular pain relief will help you feel more comfortable. You'll be cared for in hospital for at least two nights. It could take at least two weeks for you to recover. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. You'll also be given dietary advice.

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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

  • London Digestive Health

    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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