Treatments for Peptic Ulcer Disease
The treatment and management of peptic ulcers involves lifestyle changes, medications, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery. The goals of treatment include:
- Elimination of H. pylori infection
- Treating excess bleeding
- Promoting healing of the ulcer
- Relieving pain and discomfort
- Avoiding the development of complications (such as perforation, obstruction, gastric cancer)
- Preventing ulcer recurrence
Treatment may involve the following:
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