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    Peptic Ulcer Disease - Surgery

    Surgery is rare, but it is needed sometimes to treat:

    If surgery is suggested, you may want to:

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    • Seek a second opinion and ask whether all medicine treatment options have been tried.
    • Compare the cost of long-term medicine treatment to the one-time cost of surgery.
    • Remember that no surgery can completely prevent ulcers from returning.
    • Find a surgeon who has a lot of experience with surgery for ulcers.

    Surgery choices

    When surgery is done, it usually involves one or more of the following:

    • Cutting one or more of the nerves to the stomach (vagotomy).
    • Widening the opening of the bottom of the stomach (pyloroplasty).
    • Removing part of the stomach (partial gastrectomy).

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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