What is a partial gastrectomy? Do you take the ulcer out?

The removal of part of the stomach is termed a gastrectomy. This operation was introduced for ulcer diseas about fifty years ago by European surgeons. It removes the ulcer and the complete lower end of the stomach on the assumption that the removed ulcer cannot recur in that area and that removal of part of the stomach eliminates the major source of acid production. Its logic is: less stomach, less acid, therefore, no ulcer. A new opening is made between the remaining stomach and the small intestine so that you can eat normally.


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