Early stage gastric cancer can be treated with endoscopic resection.
The procedure is carried out with an endoscope where special tools will be used to remove cancerous tumours along with surrounding tissue from the stomach lining.
In later stages of gastric cancer, removal of either part of the stomach or the entire stomach, to prevent the cancer from spreading further.
This process is known as gastrectomy.
Laparoscopic gastrectomy is the recommended treatment where it comes to a stomach cancer procedure.
As the treatment is performed laparoscopically, it is minimally invasive and has less scarring and faster recovery time.
Downtime: No physical or strenuous activities for 1 month. Allow your body to rest. For the required recovery time, our doctor will advise you in detail.
How Is Stomach Cancer Treatment In Singapore Conducted?
G & L Surgical is a leading surgical clinic that provides gastric cancer treatment for patients in Singapore. We have a passionate and competent team that have had numerous years of experience in providing gastric cancer surgery in Singapore.
Endoscopic resection can treat early-stage cancers. Small cancers on the inner lining of the stomach can be removed using gastroscopy. Dr Ganesh passes an endoscope down your throat and into the stomach. Special tools are used to remove the cancer and surrounding tissue from the stomach lining.
During the gastric cancer procedure, also known as Gastrectomy, involves the removal of the part of the stomach affected with cancer or even the whole stomach. In the latter, the oesophagus is directly joined to the small intestine. This provides a passageway for food to move through the digestive system. This is the usual and most effective way to treat gastric cancer.
Lymph node removal is also performed at the same time to examine lymph nodes and check for cancer cells.
Why Surgery For Stomach Cancer?
Surgery is the most effective method to manage stomach cancer for patients. This procedure is available at G & L Surgical in Singapore. Like many other tumours, surgery is the primary treatment for gastric cancer. This is especially effective in cases where the cancer is localised to the stomach and has not spread to other organs. Surgery can also be used to assess the chance of your cancer being cured, as well as the need for further treatment. Stomach cancer surgery in Singapore can be combined with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a more effective means of dealing with the disease
Why Laparoscopic Treatment?
Dr Ganesh operates via a keyhole surgery, which involves a few small incisions opening. A laparoscope is placed through the incisions to view the operative area while other instruments are placed into the other incisions to perform the surgery. Dr Ganesh then removed he resected part of the stomach through a slightly larger incision.
Laparoscopic treatment is therefore minimally invasive with less scarring and faster recovery time. This means you will be able to resume daily activities in a shorter time
How Does Laparoscopic Cancer Surgery Work?
The most common stomach cancer surgery is a gastrectomy, which involves removing part or all of the stomach. Dr Ganesh will make an incision in the abdomen and then carefully detach the stomach from the other organs.
Once the stomach has been removed, Dr Ganesh will reconnect the remaining portion of the intestine to the oesophagus. In some cases, removing lymph nodes or other tissues may also be necessary to prevent the cancer from spreading.
This procedure can also be done laparoscopically, through a few small incisions in the abdomen and does not require a large incision like traditional open surgery. During surgery, the stomach is removed through these small incisions, and the remaining digestive tract is reconnected. Similarly, surrounding lymph nodes may also be removed during this procedure.
After surgery, patients will need to stay in the hospital for several days to recover. In most cases, stomach cancer surgery successfully treats the disease and allows patients to return to a normal lifestyle.
What Are The Side Effects Of Stomach Cancer Surgery?
Gastric cancer surgery is a major operation with significant side effects. The most common side effect is post-operative pain. This can be managed with medication, but it can still be quite uncomfortable. However, pain can be minimised if your surgery is done laparoscopically, with smaller incisions. Other common side effects include nausea and vomiting, which medication can also manage.
In some cases, patients may also experience problems with wound healing or infection. More serious side effects, such as bleeding or a build-up of fluids in the abdomen, are relatively rare but can occur. If you are considering surgery for stomach cancer, speak to our team for a better assessment before proceeding.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Stomach Cancer Surgery?
Stomach cancer surgery is a major operation that involves removing part or all of the stomach. The recovery process can be lengthy, and patients may experience a range of side effects, including pain, fatigue, and nausea.
Most patients stay in the hospital for 7-10 days after surgery. During this time, they will receive pain medication and other medications to help with side effects. Once released from the hospital, they will need to take it easy for several weeks. They may need to eat small meals and avoid strenuous activity. Full recovery can take several months, but most patients start to feel better within a few weeks of surgery.
What To Expect?
Learn more about what you can expect when you have your stomach cancer surgery at G & L Surgical in Singapore.
Before Gastric Cancer Surgery
You will undergo tests to ensure you are physically well for surgery.
Give up or reduce smoking.
Eat well to prepare for the operation.
During Gastric Cancer Surgery
The first step in your gastric cancer surgery procedure involves examining the stomach using a laparoscope
A laparoscope is used to examine the stomach as a first step in your gastric cancer surgery procedure.
Instruments to perform the surgery will be inserted through 3-4 small incisions
A few small cuts and one larger cut are made.
Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details of your stomach cancer surgery.
After Your Stomach Cancer Procedure
Do not eat or drink till 48 hours after surgery.
You may be discharged within 10 to 14 days and rest for a few more days before resuming normal activities.
Appointment with our doctor to make sure you are healing well and for advice on your diet.
As a strong proponent of treating the patient holistically instead of just their condition, Dr Ganesh Ramalingam advises patients as to how they can manage their daily habits and diets to lead healthier lifestyles. As a consultant with G&L Surgical Clinic specialising in General Surgery, he sees many patients with conditions related to the stomach and is skilled in bariatric surgery, upper GI and hernia surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, endoscopies, and trauma.
G&L Surgical Clinic will do our best to provide you with an estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses before your procedure. With a comprehensive financing service, we endeavour to assist you in finding the most suitable financing option to enjoy a seamless and pleasant experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are here to help you get the care you need.