The stomach aids in digestion by taking food from the esophagus and storing it while specialized cells secrete chemicals to breakdown food. The stomach's muscles then propel the food further into the digestive tract. Conditions such as cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, or benign conditions such as painful or bleeding ulcers, can cause the need for portions of the stomach to be surgically removed.
The procedures, called gastrectomies, are traditionally performed with a single, large incision over the abdomen, allowing surgeons to put their hands inside the patient's abdomen and perform the operation. Laprascopic surgery and robotic-assisted laparascopic surgery are now being used to perform gastrectomies with multiple, small incisions and narrow instruments.
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