Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer) & Reflux

What is the stomach?

The stomach is a muscular organ located in the upper left side of the abdomen and is part of the gastrointestinal digestive system. The stomach receives food from the oesophagus through the oesophageal sphincter.
The stomach has three main functions; temporary storage of food, breakdown of food and digestion. The stomach secretes enzymes and acid that help you to digest food. When you are eating, the stomach muscles contract periodically, allowing it to churn food to enhance digestion.

Recognising stomach problems

Problems in the stomach and digestive tract may range from mild to very serious. Some common problems include reflux (heartburn), gastritis, gastric ulcers or gastric cancer. There are several signs to watch for when recognising stomach problems such as vomiting blood, bloating, reflux, pain in the stomach, weight gain or weight loss and bloating to name a few.

Reflux & Fundoplication

Reflux is a fairly common condition, often known as heartburn, as it creates a burning sensation/pain in the lower chest area. This happens when stomach acid escapes the stomach and flows into the oesophagus (food pipe). Fundoplication is a surgical procedure used to treat gastroesophageal conditions such as reflux.

Achalasia & Heller Myotomy

Achalasia is a condition that affects the oesophagus. If you are suffering from achalasia, your lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) fails to open during swallowing, leading to a backup of food within your oesophagus as the food cannot enter the stomach. A Heller Myotomy is a surgical procedure that cuts the muscles of the LES to allow foods and liquids to pass freely to the stomach.

GIST Tumours

A Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST Tumour) is a tumour that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly found in the stomach or small intestine. GISTs can grow slowly over time, without causing any signs or symptoms, others can grow and spread very quickly. Find out more.

Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer, sometimes referred to as stomach cancer, can affect any part of the stomach. Where the cancer occurs in the stomach will determine the treatment options recommended for you.

Robotic Surgery for Stomach & Reflux Problems

A/Prof Charles Pilgrim offers his patients the opportunity of robotic assisted stomach and reflux surgery using the da Vinci Xi surgical system. This world leading robotic surgery system translates A/Prof Pilgrim’s hand movements in real time, but with a greater range of motion, making it possible for him to operate through a few small incisions.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss issues you may be experiencing with your stomach or if you are suffering from reflux please call our practice on (03) 9509 4811 to make an appointment, or you can book an appointment online