A variety of conditions can affect the stomach, including ulcers, tumors, obstructions, and dysfunction. Some conditions are benign and others malignant. In most cases, minimally invasive robotic surgery can be performed to treat your disease.
Many patients have suffered from peptic ulcer disease. Fortunately, with advancements in medical and endoscopic therapies, most patients are able to heal without surgery. Ulcers can occur for a variety of different reasons, including:
- Too much acid production in the stomach
- Weakening of the protective lining of the stomach against acid (i.e. H. Pylori infection)
- Overuse of certain medications, particularly NSAIDs
In certain situations, surgery may still be necessary for the management of ulcer disease.
- Perforated ulcer
- Bleeding ulcer, unable to be treated by endoscopy or failed endoscopic intervention
- Recurrent non-healing ulcer
- Concern for underlying malignancy
- Obstruction caused by ulcer disease
As in other organs, tumors of the stomach can be benign, low grade, or malignant. Depending on the type and location of the tumor, portions of the stomach can be removed, and if necessary, a new connection can be made to the small intestine to allow food to pass. In many instances, robotic surgery or laparoscopic surgery can allow for successful removal of the tumor, with less pain and quicker recovery.
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Dr. Anthony Pozzessere performs robot-assisted surgery whenever it is necessary, and the patient is a good candidate for it. Dr. Pozzessere has performed a great many stomach surgeries in his career, and is considered to be one of the foremost practitioners of this kind of surgery in the medical field.