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At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, treating gastric ulcers goes hand in hand with comforting and advising our patients. Our general surgeons are well-trained, professional, and exceptionally empathetic. Treatment is adapted to the specific case of each patient, and aims to provide both immediate- and long-term relief and solutions.
Gastric ulcers are painful sores in the lining of the stomach caused by an acid imbalance due to the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. They can also be the result of alcohol use, smoking, stress, or certain anti-inflammatory medications. With gastric ulcers, patients generally feel immediate pain and discomfort in the upper abdominal area when they are hungry or immediately after they eat. Consequently, gastric ulcers occur periodically, alternating between painless and painful intervals. They can appear seasonally, being more pronounced in spring and fall. Gastric ulcers, also known as stomach ulcers, are very serious conditions and should be treated immediately.
Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital provides a full range of medical and surgical treatments meant to stop the pain, heal the ulcer, and prevent its recurrence. The treatment approach chosen for gastric ulcers depend mainly on the cause.
The skilful medical specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital provide a wide range of non-invasive and surgical treatments for gastric ulcers. Depending on the underlying cause of your condition, we will employ the most effective treatment approach, which is bound to alleviate any distressing symptoms you might be experiencing and also prevent recurrence.
By virtue of their vast practice experience, our surgeons can successfully treat any type of gastric ulcer, regardless of the complexity it may entail. Whether your gastric ulcer is causing severe bleeding or has already led to complications such as stenosis, the medical professionals at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will promptly find the most efficient and low-risk treatment for you. Surgery is generally recommended in the following cases:
Below are some common drugs and treatments for gastric ulcers:
There are 5 types of gastric ulcers:
The first symptoms of stomach ulcers are:
Usually, the first signs of ulcers are not taken seriously, as they can be mistaken by a wide range of common, less severe conditions. Without treatment, the ulcer will expand and the following symptoms will set in:
Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital offers a series of effective and professional procedures to diagnose and provide pain relief for all types of gastric ulcers:
Some of the possible risk factors for gastric ulcers are:
Two of the most common causes of gastric ulcers are the infections with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and the abuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin.
A rare cause of peptic ulcers is Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. In this case, the stomach produces an excessive amount of hydrochloric acid, which affects the gastric mucosa.
Alternative medicine and treatments can help prevent or alleviate some of the symptoms associated with gastric ulcers. However, you should always consult with your doctor first. Some common alternative medicines and treatments are:
Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese technique can be helpful in treating gastric ulcers as it takes into consideration all the key elements of the disease:
Homeopathy: Homeopathic remedies relieve symptoms and strengthen the body against the H. pylori bacteria. The treatment aims to restore health quickly and permanently, without further complications using logical principles and adapting them to the patient's condition. In some cases of gastric ulcers, these remedies can help relieve the pain in the chest, and the bloating in the upper abdomen. In addition, homeopathic treatments can reduce the incidence of acid reflux, heartburn, and nausea.
Natural remedies: Although these remedies have not been officially confirmed as beneficial, some of the symptoms commonly found in patients who suffer from a form of ulcers, can be alleviated by using the following natural remedies:
You can prevent gastric ulcers by making these simple, yet effective, lifestyle choices:
Do you suspect you might have any symptoms of gastric ulcers? You can always learn more about gastric problems and how to treat them by getting in touch with our highly-skilled specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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