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How does surgery affect people with ulcers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Surgery can be very beneficial to people who have ulcers, but it often is not necessary. Usually, surgery becomes necessary because of the complications caused by an ulcer or because drug treatment is not working. For instance, a peptic ulcer on your small intestine can eat through the wall of your intestines and start affecting other organs, which may not be treated successfully with medication and could require surgery. A corneal ulcer (in the eye) might damage your cornea so much that you might need a transplant. Your doctor may suggest surgery if other treatments are unsuccessful.

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