What are my treatment options for a Meckel's diverticulum ulcer?

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If you exhibit any symptoms with your Meckel's diverticulum like an ulcer, you should have it removed. The Meckel's diverticulum and the ulcer can be removed either by normal surgery or laparoscopy. Laparoscopy involves removal through small incisions to decrease scarring. For individuals who have lost a significant amount of blood from rectal bleeding, doctors may recommend a blood transfusion. If you do not have any symptoms with your Meckel's diverticulum, removal is unnecessary since only 4.2 percent of those with a Meckel's diverticulum experience complications like ulcers.

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