Peptic Ulcer Disease Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

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 at each of their three locations – Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx. To schedule an appointment with one of their peptic ulcer specialists, simply call the practice or book your visit online.

Peptic Ulcer Disease Q&A

What is a peptic ulcer?

Normally, your digestive tract is coated with a mucous layer that protects it from acids involved in the digestive process. An ulcer can occur when the protective mucous layer decreases or the digestive acids increase and eat away at the stomach and/or intestinal lining. This creates an open sore (peptic ulcer).

Peptic ulcers are further identified according to their location and include:

  • Gastric ulcers, which occur on the inside of the stomach
  • Duodenal ulcers, which occur on the inside of the upper portion of your small intestine (duodenum)

Are peptic ulcers serious?

Serious complications can occur when an ulcer goes untreated, which may include:

  • Internal bleeding that can be slow and lead to anemia over time or severe enough to require a hospitalization and blood transfusion
  • An obstruction due to swelling or scarring that may block the passage of food through your digestive tract
  • Peritonitis, a serious infection of your abdominal cavity that occurs when an ulcer perforates or “eats” through the wall of your stomach or small intestine 

What are the symptoms of an ulcer?

Common symptoms associated with an ulcer include:

  • Burning stomach pain that’s typically worse when your stomach is empty and may be temporarily relieved by antacids or eating a small, bland meal
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and intolerance of fatty or spicy foods
  • Bloating
  • Increased belching

 

Vomiting blood or having dark, tarry stools are indications of a bleeding ulcer that requires urgent medical attention.

What causes ulcers?

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

An infection related to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria can lead to peptic ulcers. These bacteria don’t cause problems most of the time but can lead to inflammation and other changes in the stomach's inner layer and eventually produce an ulcer.

Regular use of aspirin or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can irritate and inflame the tissue lining your stomach or small intestine and lead to ulcers.

Once the specialists at Triborough GI determine the cause of your ulcer, they develop an effective treatment strategy to relieve your symptoms and heal the ulcer. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking your appointment online.