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Best Peptic Ulcers Doctor Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx

Are you having problems with burning stomach pain and frequent belching that worsens between meals and overnight? You could have a peptic ulcer. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York are well-respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating peptic ulcers. They’re also well-known for their commitment to patient-focused care that produces a warm and welcoming environment. 

Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn based peptic ulcers GI doctors can perform diagnostic procedures and treatments at any of our Triborough GI locations. 

One of our GI doctors will guide you through the procedure and provide advice and treatment for managing your peptic ulcers.

For more information on ulcers or to schedule an appointment at our Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island office, please call (718) 332-0600 today!

What is a Peptic Ulcer?

A peptic ulcer is an open sore in the digestive tract. These sores are most often caused by an infection of H. Pylori or long term use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)

Peptic ulcers are categorized into 2 groups according to their location:

  • Gastric ulcers, ulcers that occur in the stomach
  • Duodenal ulcers, ulcers occurring in the duodenum, on the inside of the upper portion of the small intestine.

Are Peptic Ulcers serious?

Peptic Ulcers can become extremely serious if left untreated, leading to much more serious symptoms such as:

  • Internal bleeding possibly leading to anemia over time or severe enough to require hospitalization and a blood transfusion.
  • An obstruction of your digestive tract that may block the passage of food.
  • Peritonitis is a serious infection of the abdominal cavity that occurs when an ulcer perforates through the stomach wall or small intestine.

What are the symptoms of an ulcer?

There are many symptoms of an ulcer. However, a lot of them also occur in other digestive disorders such as colorectal cancer. It is important to see your Triborough GI doctor so they can diagnose your condition.

  • Burning stomach pain with increasing severity when your stomach is empty and may be temporarily relieved by antacids or eating a small, bland meal.
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea 
  • Intolerance of fatty or spicy foods
  • Bloating
  • Increased belching

Less frequently, ulcers may cause severe symptoms such as:

  • Feeling faint
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Trouble breathing
  • Appetite changes
  • Vomiting or Vomiting Blood
  • Dark blood in stools

What causes ulcers?

The most common causes of ulcers include bacterial infections or NSAIDS (using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

  • Regular use of aspirin and other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can irritate and inflame the tissue lining your stomach or small intestine and lead to ulcers.
  • An infection related to H. pylori can lead to peptic ulcers. These bacteria usually don’t cause problems but can lead to inflammation of the stomach’s inner layer and eventually produce an ulcer.

How to treat Peptic Ulcers?

Depending on the cause of the ulcer, different treatments may be advised:

  • Antibiotics to kill H. Pylori residing in the digestive tract. These antibiotics may include amoxicillin (Amoxil), clarithromycin (Biaxin), metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax), tetracycline (Tetracycline HCL) and levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • If the Ulcer is located in the stomach, PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) may be prescribed to lower the amount of acid in your stomach and promote healing.
  • Another medication that can lower the amount of acid in the stomach is a histamine blocker. Histamine blockers are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. These medications include famotidine (Pepcid) and nizatidine (Axid AR)
  • Antacids can also be used for pain relief

Once the specialists at Triborough GI determine the cause of your ulcer, they can develop an effective treatment strategy to relieve your symptoms and heal the ulcer. 

Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and treat your peptic ulcer. 

Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have.