Gastroenterology: Removal of Gastric Polyps by Gastroscopy
Gastric polyps are benign formations growing from mucous membranes. The disease may be asymptomatic or manifested by discomfort, pain and feeling of heaviness in the abdomen. In 10% cases, polyps degenerate into carcinoma, so it is important to remove the same. In modern hospitals, this type of surgery performed endoscopically.
Before surgery, the patient is examined carefully. During the consultation, the gastroenterologist clarifies complaints, collects case history and conducts a clinical examination. The following tests are prescribed:
- complete blood count,
- biochemical blood test,
- abdominal ultrasound.
The surgery is performed by a gastroscope, i.e. a flexible tube with a miniature camcorder at the end. The device is introduced into the stomach through the mouth. Having considered the walls of the organ in detail, the surgeon grasps the leg of the polyp with a special loop and excises the same. All manipulations are performed under local anesthesia or in terms a medication sleep. The procedure takes 15 to 40 minutes.
The patient is placed in a ward where s/he is monitored by the medical staff. To eliminate the pain and discomfort in the abdomen, a palliative care is prescribed.
A few days later, the surgery results are evaluated during endoscopy. If the patient feels good, s/he is discharged on day 6. Before discharge, the patient visits the gastroenterologist, who provides recommendations for further treatment.Hide