Stomach & Esophageal Surgery
Your esophagus is the tube that moves swallowed food from your throat to your stomach. Your stomach is the organ that stores swallowed food and begins digestion.
When your esophagus or stomach gets severely diseased or damaged, you may need surgery to remove all or part of it.
An esophagectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the esophagus. Most often, it's done to treat esophageal cancer. Surgery may take anywhere from three to six hours depending on the situation, and most patients spend between one and two weeks in the hospital following an open procedure.
A gastrectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the stomach. It's done to treat bleeding, inflammation, and tumors or polyps in the stomach. After an open gastrectomy, most patients spend six to ten days in the hospital and return to normal activities in four to six weeks, all depending on the patient.
The experts at Rex Surgical Specialists are trained in the newest techniques to treat stomach and esophageal diseases. For personalized and timely care, visit any of our office locations throughout Wake County in Raleigh, Cary, Wakefield, Garner, Knightdale and Holly Springs. Using the most up-to-date technology, your treatment will be safe, convenient and tailored to your specific needs. Rest assured that we'll have you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
For more information on stomach and esophageal diseases and treatments, see the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.