A gastrectomy is a partial or full surgical removal of the stomach. Gastrectomies are performed to treat cancer and perforations of the stomach wall.

Types of Gastrectomy

  • Total gastrectomy, where the whole stomach is removed.
  • Partial gastrectomy, where the lower part of the stomach is removed.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy, where the left side of the stomach is removed.
  • Oesophagogastrectomy, where the top part of the stomach and part of the oesophagus (gullet) is removed.


  • Severe medication reaction
  • Problems in breathing
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Obesity
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Respiratory disease or cardiac disease


  • Open Gastrectomy:
    During an open gastrectomy, the surgeon makes a large incision in your abdomen to remove some or all of your stomach.
  • Keyhole Surgery (Laparoscopic Gastrectomy):
    The surgeon makes several smaller cuts in your abdomen, and then uses a special telescope and small surgical instruments to remove some or all of your stomach.