• How can I find a good gastric cancer surgeon and how to decide between laparoscopic surgery and open surgery

    Asked by kangtastic on Sunday, December 21, 2014

    How can I find a good gastric cancer surgeon and how to decide between laparoscopic surgery and open surgery

    I am finding that there is a lot of general surgery experience with bariatric surgery of stomach and other stomach surgery but is it important for the surgeon to also have stomach cancer and D2 lyphadectomy experience as well and how do I find that surgeon in Los Angeles? Has anyone been through this before? Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks!

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • Sk123's Avatar
      Sk123

      Hi,
      Does UCLA Medical Hospital not have a Cancer center? I would call them and ask for the specialist you are looking for.
      Best Wishes.

      almost 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      SK123 - has made an excellent suggestion. When I was diagnosed with both of my cancer I was refereed to my surgeons by my surgeons by my medical team,which included my gastroenterologist, PCP, and oncologists.

      almost 7 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Four and a half years ago I had minimumally invasive laproscopic surgery done at the Oregon Clinic at Providence Hospital in Portland. My surgical team was with the advance group of surgeons studying gastric laproscopic and robotic surgery. My surgeon did her fellowship at the University of Southern California. This is the Keck School of Medicine the cancer hospital is the Norris Cancer Center Here is a link http://cancer.keckmedicine.org/

      almost 7 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      I can't answer to the question of a gastric surgeon, but I had a hysterectomy done with a DaVinci robot - laparoscopic. Of course I had some pain afterwards, but not much. Was able to get up and about without much problem - faster healing time, and the scars are only about 1/2 inch long! The surgery was in March; the scars are fading & becoming less visible. I highly recommend laparoscopic!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Sk123's Avatar
      Sk123

      Hi,
      I too had a laparoscopic surgery done for my colon cancer. It was less invasive and the small scars on the outside healed/ closed in about a month. My surgeon assures me that the insides will also completely heal in about 6 months. Nothing to do but to grin and bear it until spring of 2015.

      almost 7 years ago
    • GolfGirl's Avatar
      GolfGirl (Best Answer!)

      There are some wonderful gastric surgeons at UCLA & USC. I went to UCLA for a 2nd opinion. I met with a gastric surgeon, I wish I could remember his name. The consultation didn't cost that much - well worth the visit. He spent nearly an hour with me, he agreed with everything that my surgeon had planned. I unfortunately had an open surgery - big scar and long recovery (all healed up now). Your surgeon will go over laproscopic vs open surgery with you. Wishing you all the best.

      almost 7 years ago
    • 9Nehrs' Avatar
      9Nehrs

      I had adenocarcinoma stage IIB and had open surgery in Pittsburgh. It was completely successful. I must say the recovery wasn't fun as I did get an infection, but I did not have to go back to the hospital or have to have a nurse come to the house. My wife and I could take care of it. I am cancer free today after much prayer and follow up chemo and radiation therapy.

      almost 7 years ago
    • kangtastic's Avatar
      kangtastic

      I am getting conflicting recommendations from surgeons. One from UCLA recommends open surgery for a successful D2 lymph node dissection. One from Cedars recommends laparascopy for D2 dissection. Anyone have this same experience?

      almost 7 years ago
    • aintnosunshine's Avatar
      aintnosunshine

      I don't have a recommendation Dr wise, but prayers are with you.

      over 6 years ago
    • RandyS's Avatar
      RandyS

      John Wayne Cancer Center at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica is Excellent. Was diagnosed on Jan 28 and then had a gastrectomy on Feb 22 and will be starting chemo in the next week or two. I'm very optimistic about the future and have the greatest confidence in my care team.

      over 6 years ago

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