, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 264-269
Date: 14 Feb 2014

Parietal Cell Vagotomy versus Vagotomy-antrectomy: Ulcer Surgery in the Modern Era

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Patients with peptic ulcer occasionally develop complications that require surgical intervention, despite the advances in medical treatment and changes in the natural history of disease. The clinical surgeon must make a decision about performing “selective vagotomy antrectomy versus highly selective vagotomy,” based on the information discussed herein. The goals for operative treatment remain safe correction of the presenting problem, avoidance of perioperative morbidity and mortality, and freedom from disabling postoperative side effects. This paper addresses broad aspects of the details of surgical interventions; because most operative procedures are performed in urgent circumstances in patients who often have a variety of conditions, it is not surprising that there is no best operation suited to every complication of ulcer.