What are the risks of surgery?

Like any surgery, there can be complications during or following your procedure. The most common risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal pain 

What kind of surgery will I need?

The most common treatment for this kind of cancer is surgery. The kind of surgery you have depends on your tumor.


  • Endoscopic Resection is used to treat early-stage cancers that have not spread to the lymph nodes


  • Subtotal (partial) gastrectomy removes only part of the stomach, along with nearby lymph nodes and possibly the spleen and other close organs


  • Total gastrectomy removes the entire stomach, nearby lymph nodes and other nearby organs like the intestines and pancreas (if the cancer has spread throughout the stomach)


  • Palliative surgery helps control the cancer and prevent or relieve symptoms or complications in patients whose tumors cannot be completely removed

Will I need a feeding tube?

It depends. If you are having trouble eating following surgery, a feeding tube can help make sure you are getting proper nutrition.

Will I need to change my diet after stomach surgery?

Yes, you will likely have to change your eating habits after surgery. When part or all of the stomach is removed, food enters the intestines very quickly after eating. You will need to eat smaller, more frequent meals depending on how much of your stomach was removed during surgery.