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Total Gastrectomy (laparoscopic /open approach)


Total Gastrectomy is a surgery in which the entire stomach is removed, for treating lesions such as lymphosarcoma and carcinoma (gastric cancer), bleeding gastric ulcer, perforation of the stomach wall, and noncancerous polyps. The surgeon cuts a part of the small bowel and extends the cut straight upwards to meet the esophagus, then reconnects the cut end of the duodenum to the small intestine. In the open procedure, a large cut is made through the abdominal wall. In the laparoscopic approach, several small incisions are made and laparoscopic surgical tools are inserted through these.