Left untreated, many ulcers eventually
heal. But ulcers often recur if the cause of the ulcer is not eliminated or
treated. If ulcers keep coming back, you have an increased risk of developing a
serious complication, such as bleeding or a hole in the wall of your stomach or intestine.
Most of the time, treatment means taking medicines—such as H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—and making lifestyle changes, including:
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If treatment isn't working, you may need more tests to look for bacteria. If you still have an H. pylori infection, your doctor will likely try a different combination of medicines. He or she may also suggest that you see a gastroenterologist. This specialist will do an endoscopy to look at your ulcer and to take a tissue sample (biopsy).
Treatment if ulcers get worse
If you have
serious complications from a
peptic ulcer, such as bleeding or obstruction, you may
endoscopy, even if you have already had one.
stomach or intestine has a perforation or your ulcer continues to bleed despite
treatment, you may need surgery. But surgery is rarely used to treat an
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