Gastrojejunostomy is a surgical procedure performed when the individual is suffering from stomach cancer causing obstructing in the passage of food in to the gut. The surgery is performed between the stomach and the proximal loop of the jejunum to drain the contents of the stomach or to provide a bypass for the gastric filling. Laparoscopic Gastrojejunostomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure with few small incisions in the abdominal area. During the surgery a part of the small intestine known as the jejunum is opened and stitched or clipped on to the stomach wall to bypass the obstructed area of the stomach.
Tumor in the stomach may grow and occupy major portion of the cavity and block food from leaving the stomach. Laparoscopic Gastrojejunostomy helps to prevent this condition and is performed by attaching the jejunum to the upper part of the stomach. This allows the food to leave the stomach through the new bypass route.
Laparoscopic Gastrojejunostomy procedure
The surgeon initiates the procedure by administering a dose of general anesthesia to relax the pain and reduce the pain and discomfort during the procedure.
During the laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy, the surgeon makes 4 small incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope is inserted through an incision to view enlarged clear images of the internal organs and abdominal cavity. More surgical tools are inserted through more incisions and the passage is rerouted. A main advantage of laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy is that it enables the patient to have shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery from the surgery. The patient experience less pain and discomfort and have minimal scars and low risk for rise of infections. The surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours. After the laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy, the patient has to follow diet instruction provided by the doctor. This includes consuming oral fluids for few days post-surgery. When the gut adapts to the new connection, mild regular meals can be consumed in small quantity.
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