of procedures are available to treat stomach ulcer, an open sore (inflammation)
that forms in the lining of the stomach. Treatment is usually focused to target
the underlying cause of the disease. For instance, antibiotics are required if
H-pylori infection has a role to cause the open sore. How about surgical
procedure? Can the disease be cured without surgery?
medications are often enough to cope with the disease. With effective
medications, the disease will heal without leaving serious after effects – this
is especially true when the open sore in your stomach lining hasn’t become
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is seeking medical help as soon as you feel any symptoms of the disease. When
the disease is treated at its early stages, you can gain the recovery more
common stomach ulcer symptoms are as follows [reference]:
stomach pain, which is the most common symptom. The pain is likely to flare up
with empty stomach.
stomach discomforts such as nausea, fatty food intolerance, belching, bloating,
or feeling of fullness.
on the severity of the disease, you might also experience unintentional weight
loss, appetite loss, trouble breathing, feeling faint, passing stools with
blood, or vomiting blood!
What is ulcer surgery for? As well we know that controlling stomach acid is crucial to treat stomach ulcer. If stomach acid production is out of control, the open sore on the inside lining of the stomach is harder to heal. Surgery was used to remove specific parts of the stomach that stimulate or cause excess acid production.
But today, there are many medications that can effectively control stomach acid production without surgery.
to reduce or control your stomach acid. There may be several options to choose
from, but the most common ones are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine
H-2 blockers. Since these medications don’t start to work right away, antacids
may also be prescribed to help provide ulcer pain relief.
to fight against H-pylori infection. If the underlying cause of your ulcer is H-pylori
infection, take the full course of your antibiotics. Don’t stop early, even if you
begin to get better – otherwise some bacteria may remain, become resistant, and
more difficult to kill.
necessary, your doctor may also prescribe medications to give extra protection
to your stomach lining such as sucralfate (cytoprotective agents).
surgery is still required in rare cases. It might be recommended with the