Hi, I will be happy to assist you. The fact that he has recurrent ulcers needs to be further investigated. First of all the type of surgery he had back in the 70s can predispose him to new ulceration at the "anastomosis" site (the place where they stitched the bowel back together). He needs to be checked for Helicobacter pylori infection
and treated if he is positive. Make sure he is not taking any NSAIDs inadvertently (aspirin, ibuprofen
, naproxen, etc). He can also be checked for rarer causes of recurrent ulcers such as Gastrinoma
(ask your doctor to check for it with a blood test: a gastrin level can be measured).
He should probably be on a PPI medication in the meantime (such as omeprazole
While he is in the hospital he will probably get an endoscopy
and blood transfusions.