Surgery: How Much of the Stomach Should Be Cut Out?

Should Be Cut Out?

According to medical statistics, some 12 million Americans have, or have had, ulcers of the stomach or duodenum.

Every day, ulcers claim 4,000 new victims; every year, surgeons put about 150,000 ulcer patients on the operating table. There are half a dozen major types of surgery for ulcers, plus a dozen minor variants. Some of them are al most a century old, but physicians and surgeons still cannot concur on which type of operation is the best, or even which is best for any particular patient.

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