Stomach Surgery Specialist

Laparoscopic Surgery NW

Laparoscopic Surgery & General Surgeon located in Tacoma, WA

Diseases and conditions that affect stomach health or function may require stomach surgery. Board-certified general and laparoscopic surgeon, James Rifenbery, MD, FACS, at Laparoscopic Surgery NW in Tacoma, Washington, utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to perform stomach surgery that minimizes risk and improves your outcomes. To schedule an appointment with a skilled, capable, and kind surgeon to discuss your stomach surgery options, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Stomach Surgery

What are the functions of the stomach?

Your stomach is a muscular organ located in the upper portion of your abdomen. Your stomach is an integral part of your digestive system, and its functions include:

  • Temporary storage unit for food
  • Mixing and breaking down of food to create soupy mix (chyme)
  • Secretion of digestive enzymes to begin digestion
  • Passing of chyme to your small intestines

Your stomach may hold food for two or more hours. 

What stomach conditions require stomach surgery?

Surgery is rarely the first recommended treatment for most conditions that affect the stomach. However, stomach surgery may be required to remove tumors (benign or malignant) or to treat a functional problem. Gallbladder surgery and hernia surgery are some types of stomach surgery. 

If you need stomach surgery, contact Laparoscopic Surgery SW to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rifenbery. Dedicated to providing the best care possible, he utilizes the least invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery, for the best possible outcome.

What is laparoscopic stomach surgery?

Dr. Rifenbery specializes in laparoscopic surgical procedures. During the procedure, Dr. Rifenbery uses a laparoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube equipped with a surgical camera inserted into your abdomen through a tiny incision. The laparoscope generates images of your abdomen and stomach that Dr. Rifenbery views on a computer screen.

He then makes additional tiny incisions for the insertion of his surgical instruments and performs the necessary procedure. After your surgery, Dr. Rifenbery provides specific instructions to ensure a full recovery, which may include diet modification. 

What type of diet do I follow after stomach surgery?

If Dr. Rifenbery removed a portion of your stomach during your stomach surgery, he recommends you follow the post-gastrectomy diet. The changes in the structure of your stomach affect function and digestion. Eating your usual diet may lead to a condition known as dumping syndrome, which causes the rapid movement of food from your stomach to your intestines. Symptoms of dumping syndrome include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. 

When following the post-gastrectomy diet, Dr. Rifenbery recommends:

  • Small, frequent meals
  • Meals high in fat and protein
  • Omitting simple sugars
  • Fluids in between meals
  • Avoidance of extremely cold or hot foods

Dr. Rifenbery customizes your post-gastrectomy diet based on your tolerance and provides instructions on how to add the restricted foods back to your diet during your post-surgery visits. 

To schedule a consultation with the experienced surgeon who takes a patient-centered approach to care, call Laparoscopic Surgery SW, or use the online booking tool today. 

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