What is the role of surgery in the treatment of gastric ulcer-related upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB)?

Updated: Sep 01, 2021
  • Author: Bennie Ray Upchurch, III, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A vagotomy is added to manage type 2 or type 3 gastric ulcers.

Patients who are hemodynamically stable but have intermittent bleeding requiring blood transfusions should undergo a truncal vagotomy and distal gastric resection to include the ulcer for types 1, 2, and 3 ulcers.

In patients who present with life-threatening hemorrhage and a type 1, 2, or 3 ulcer, biopsy and oversew or excision of the ulcer in combination with a truncal vagotomy and a drainage procedure should be considered.

Patients with type 4 ulcers usually present with hemorrhage. The left gastric artery should be ligated, and a biopsy should be performed on the ulcer. Then, the ulcer should be oversewn through a high gastrotomy.

Rebleeding rates for the procedures that keep the ulcer in situ range from 20% to 40%. [16]

Gastric bleeding in the immediate postoperative period from recurrent peptic ulcer disease is initially best managed by endoscopic or angiographic means. If reoperation is required, gastric resection is usually indicated, because a repeat vagotomy is not reliable and a more definitive solution is warranted.

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