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Laparoscopic Gastrectomy

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If you have been diagnosed with stomach cancer, surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals can perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure called laparoscopic gastrectomy. Jefferson Hospitals are one of the few medical centers that performs laparoscopic gastrectomy for early state adenocarcinomas.

What Does Laparoscopic Gastrectomy Involve?

Unlike traditional stomach surgery, this procedure utilizes a series of small incisions to remove the cancerous part of the stomach. As a result, you will experience less pain, heal much faster and can resume normal activity within two weeks.

This treatment is appropriate primarily if you have been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) embedded in one of the layers of the stomach wall. Some patient with tumors classified as early-stage adenocarcinoma may also qualify for this procedure.