Dr. Babak Eghbalieh, at Southern California Hepatobiliary Pancreatic & Robotic Surgery Institute, is an expert in minimally-invasive and robot-assisted surgery, which is a safe and effective way to treat stomach cancer. Dr. Eghbalieh sees patients throughout the Southern California area, with offices in Valencia, Porter Ranch, and Sherman Oaks, California, and a new office opening in Los Angeles in the near future.
Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is strongly associated with Helicobacter pylori, which means you may have a higher chance of developing stomach cancer if you’ve ever been infected with this common bacterium.
You may also be at a higher risk for stomach cancer if you have a family history of gastric cancer, eat salted and cured foods, have chronic inflammation of the stomach, smoke tobacco, or have pernicious anemia.
There are several types of stomach cancer:
Many of the symptoms caused by stomach cancer are generic and similar to those caused by a variety of health conditions. Be aware of these common symptoms, and don’t hesitate to consult your physician if you have them:
Depending on the severity of the stomach cancer, treatment includes any combination of surgery (partial or full gastrectomy), chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and endoscopic therapy.
For many years, gastrectomy was done using standard open surgery. Then laparoscopy, or minimally-invasive, surgery was developed. This type of surgery uses a few small incisions and specialized surgical instruments to remove the cancerous part of the stomach with less risk and a quicker recovery than open surgery.
You can have confidence in Dr. Eghbalieh’s years of experience performing laparoscopic gastrectomies. However, Dr. Eghbalieh offers more — he also specializes in minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgery.
As Dr. Eghbalieh controls the robot-assisted instruments, he has a high-definition 3D view of the stomach. The flexible movement of the robotic arms allows Dr. Eghbalieh to operate with greater precision and better range of motion. Robotic surgery also gives the doctor the ability to get to areas that are hard for human hands to reach. Ultimately, robotic surgery provides optimal results, but only in the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Eghbalieh.
Dr. Eghbalieh accepts many of the largest Insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the accepted plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Eghbalieh is a caring professional who explains procedures in a way you can understand and really listens to you. I recommend him highly!"
"Dr. Eghbalieh combines unparalleled education and experience with a rare, welcome level of professionalism and a warm bedside manner."
"Dr. Eghbalieh recently performed my hiatal hernia repair. The surgery resulted in quick resolution of my symptoms."
"Dr. Eghbalieh did my gallbladder surgery with the robot! I had minimal pain the first day after surgery. My recovery was much better than I had expected."