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There are several ways to perform a total gastrectomy. In some instances, a traditional approach might be the best course of action. With this method, a surgeon makes a large incision in the abdomen and uses standard surgical instruments to remove the stomach and connect the esophagus to the small intestine. In other situations, a surgeon may use robotic assistance while performing a minimally invasive procedure, which can further enhance the patient’s outcome and quality of life.

During a robotic total gastrectomy, a surgeon accesses the abdomen through a series of small incisions. The surgeon then performs the operation using an advanced system that translates his or her hand motions into precise, real-time movements that are carried out by robotic instruments. A high-dimension visualization system allows the surgeon to see the surgical site in great detail.

Because the robotic version of the procedure involves smaller incisions and better operative control than the traditional approach, it is often associated with:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • A lower risk of complications
  • A shorter recovery period

The gastrointestinal surgeons at Moffitt Cancer Center perform thousands of procedures each year, including many traditional and robotic total gastrectomies. As a result, our surgeons are not only highly proficient in using advanced technologies, such as the da Vinci® Surgery System, but also are able to determine which approach is most appropriate for a patient based on a comprehensive assessment of his or her needs. To determine the best approach to surgical treatment, our team takes into consideration the size, stage and location of the tumor as well as the patient’s health and personal preferences.

To learn more about the differences between a traditional and minimally invasive robotic total gastrectomy, as well as which option might be right for you, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to make an appointment with our experienced surgical oncologists.