Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tear in Esophagus Treatment

The treatment of Mallory Weiss tears depends on the severity of the upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Most Mallory Weiss tears will heal on their own within 2 weeks. A small number may require treatment with endoscopy, surgery, or medications. Treatment for Mallory Weiss tears usually includes medications that block the production of acid in the stomach, and antacids. Additional treatment includes avoiding alcohol, caffeine, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

Treatment options for Mallory Weiss tears include:

Tear in Esophagus Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for Mallory Weiss tears.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Tear in Esophagus Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Mallory Weiss tears:

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Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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