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da Vinci® Surgery for Stomach Cancer (Gastrectomy)

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat stomach cancer, you may be a candidate for a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure – da Vinci Surgery. Using the most advanced technology available, the da Vinci System enables your doctor to perform this delicate operation through a few tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision and control.

da Vinci Surgery offers stomach cancer patients many potential benefits, including:

  • Low risk of complications1
  • Ability to perform minimally invasively on advanced cancer1

da Vinci Surgery offers patients other key benefits when compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, including:

  • Less pain2
  • Quicker return to normal diet2

When compared to both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci offers patients additional benefits, including:

  • Better short-term surgical outcomes3
  • Less blood loss3
  • Shorter hospital stay and recovery3

This procedure is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, a state-of-the-art surgical platform. By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.

  1. Song J, Oh S, Kang WH, et al., Robot-Assisted Gastrectomy With Lymph Node Dissection for Gastric Cancer - Lessons Learned From an Initial Consecutive Procedures; Ann Surg 2009 249; 927-932
  2. Song J, Kang WH, Oh SJ, et al.; Role of robotic gastrectomy using da Vinci system compared with laparoscopic gastrectomy; initial experience of 20 consecutive cases. Surg Endosc (2009) 23:1204-1211 DOI 10.1007s/0046-009-0351-4
  3. Kim MC, Heo GU, Jung GJ; Robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer; surgical techniques and clinical merits; Surg Endoscopy, 2009 DOI 10.1007/s00464-009-0618-9

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to

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