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Other Types of Stomach Cancer Surgery

If the tumor is blocking the opening to the stomach but the cancer cannot be completely removed by standard surgery, the following procedures may be used:
  • Endoluminal stent placement
  • Endoscopic laser surgery
  • Electrocautery.
Endoluminal Stent Placement
Endoluminal stent placement is a procedure in which a stent (a thin, expandable tube) is inserted to keep a passage open. For example, when there is a tumor blocking the opening to the stomach, surgery may be done to place a stent from the esophagus to the stomach to allow the patient to eat normally.
Endoscopic Laser Surgery
Endoscopic laser surgery is a procedure in which an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube) that has a laser attached to it is inserted into the body. A laser is an intense beam of light that can be used as a knife.
Electrocautery is a procedure that uses an electrical current to create heat. It is sometimes used to remove lesions or control bleeding.

Eating After Surgery for Stomach Cancer

It is natural to be concerned about eating after stomach cancer surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon may place a feeding tube into your small intestine, which will help you get enough nutrition while you heal.
Weight loss after surgery for stomach cancer is common; you may need to change the types of food that you eat. A registered dietitian can help you to plan a diet that will give you the nutrition you need.
Another common problem after stomach cancer surgery is dumping syndrome. This problem occurs when food or liquid enters the small intestine too fast. It can cause:
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness.
Eating smaller meals can help prevent dumping syndrome; cutting down on sweet foods and drinks, such as cookies, candy, soda, and juices, can also be helpful in preventing it.
Patients who have surgery may need to take daily supplements of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, as well as receive injections of vitamin B12.
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