Peptic Ulcer Disease (cont.)
Surgery is rare, but it is needed sometimes to treat:
If surgery is suggested, you may want to:
- 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.
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).
Other Places To Get Help
|American College of Gastroenterology|
|P.O. Box 342260|
|Bethesda, MD 20827-2260|
|Phone: ||(301) 263-9000|
|Web Address: ||www.acg.gi.org|
The American College of Gastroenterology is an organization of digestive disease specialists. The Web site contains information about common gastrointestinal problems.
|American Gastroenterological Association|
|4930 Del Ray Avenue|
|Bethesda, MD 20814|
|Phone: ||(301) 654-2055|
|Fax: ||(301) 654-5920|
|Web Address: ||www.gastro.org|
The American Gastroenterological Association is a society of doctors who specialize in the digestive system (gastroenterologists). This Web site can help you find a gastroenterologist in your area. They also have patient information on many gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.
|National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse|
|2 Information Way|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-3570|
|Fax: ||(703) 738-4929|
|TDD: ||1-866-569-1162 toll-free|
|Web Address: ||www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov|
This clearinghouse is a service of the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The clearinghouse answers questions; develops, reviews, and sends out publications; and coordinates information resources about digestive diseases. Publications produced by the clearinghouse are reviewed carefully for scientific accuracy, content, and readability.