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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).
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Last Updated: January 04, 2012
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