Risks of stomach cancer surgery depend on your nutrition, current health, the anaesthetic and the operation itself. Complications can occur after gastrectomy, particularly nutrition.
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Patients with gastric cancer often have nutritional issues. This is usually due to the cancer itself as well as the early satiety caused by the tumor. The stomach has a finite capacity and a tumor makes your stomach less capacious for food.
An operation is a stressful event on your body and requires a lot of energy. Using up energy results in weight loss and the average person undergoing gastrectomy will lose on average
Any nutritional issues you may have will need addressing before your operation and a dietician will be involved with this. They will ensure that you increase your calorie intake through both your diet as well as nutritional supplements.
There are numerous conditions that increase your risks of cancer surgery.
I have provided a list of a few below, but ultimately this will be assessed by your surgeon:
All the above health problems increase your anaesthetic risk. Other anaesthetic problems include:
There are various complications from stomach cancer surgery. The most common ones include:
There is also an increased mortality or death rate from surgery. The rate varies from one centre to another although the average is 1 in 50 from complications.
It’s important to ask your surgeon for his/her death rates to make an informed decision.