How Long Does It Take to Recover from A Partial Gastrectomy?

How is a partial gastrectomy performed?

A partial gastrectomy is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia by a gastrointestinal surgeon. The surgery is performed in an operation theater, and may take up to five hours and require up to two weeks of recovery in the hospital.
A partial gastrectomy is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia by a gastrointestinal surgeon. The surgery is performed in an operation theater, and may take up to five hours and require up to two weeks of recovery in the hospital.

A partial gastrectomy is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia by a gastrointestinal surgeon. The surgery is performed in an operation theater, and may take up to five hours.

Preparation

Prior to a partial gastrectomy, a patient may be required to

  • Undergo urine, blood and imaging tests.
  • Undergo corrective treatment for any existing conditions that preclude surgery.
  • Undergo an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

The patient must

  • Avoid eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to the surgery.
  • Check with the doctor before taking any regular medications.
  • Inform the doctor of any allergies.
  • Empty the bladder and bowel.

Procedure

Post-procedure

  • The patient is brought out of anesthesia and administered painkillers for post-surgical pain.
  • The patient will be monitored in the recovery room for several hours until vital functions are stable.
  • People with malignancies and comorbid conditions are likely to require continued treatment.

How long does it take to recover from a partial gastrectomy?

A partial gastrectomy may require hospitalization of up to 2 weeks, or less, if the procedure is laparoscopic. The patient may require feeding through a tube inserted into the small intestine and fluids through an IV line during the recovery period in the hospital.

The patient may be able to eat normally after the surgical wound heals, but may have to be on a special diet and avoid spicy, fatty or sugary foods. Without complications, full recovery can be expected in 6 weeks, during which period the patient must avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities.

What are the side effects of a partial gastrectomy?

The side effects of a partial gastrectomy include

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