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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).

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 15, 2013
    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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