Gastrectomy is a medical procedure to surgically remove all or part of the stomach. This may become necessary to treat stomach problems that are not cured by other treatment, such as:
• Benign or non-cancerous tumors
• Perforations in the stomach wall
• Stomach cancer
• Peptic ulcers
• Duodenal ulcers
Gastrectomy is generally performed in three different forms, namely
• Partial gastrectomy to remove the lower part of the stomach.
• A full gastrectomy is the removal of the entire stomach.
• A sleeve gastrectomy is the removal of the left side of the stomach, usually performed as part of a surgery for weight loss.
This is a major surgical procedure and your doctor will recommend the best option after the necessary clinical examination.
While removing your stomach does not affect your ability to digest liquid and food, several lifestyle changes may be required after the procedure.