Medical conditions of the stomach and other organs involved in the digestive process may require some form of gastric surgery. This surgery may be used to diagnose a condition or to treat a problem. Gastric surgery may also be used to remove a diseased organ, like in an appendectomy (removal of the appendix) or a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder).
Gastric procedures may be performed during open surgery, or laparoscopically, where a tube guides surgical tools and a tiny camera through small incisions in the abdomen. Laparoscopic gastric surgery is not as invasive as open surgery and it reduces recovery time and lessens the risk for complications.