Gastric ulcer is a medical condition that causes open sores to form when the protective lining of the stomach breaks down. The condition can be caused by an infection but can also be the side effect of some medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Its most obvious symptom is a burning pain in the centre of the abdomen, which some people mistake for heartburn or indigestion. For this reason, gastric ulcers are often misdiagnosed and not promptly treated.
In Southeast Asia, the condition is treated using advanced endoscopic imaging technology, the same technology used in developed countries in the West. This is widely available in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia; three Southeast Asian countries that continuously invest in new and innovative medical technologies to keep up with the changing times. This makes it easier for doctors in the region to accurately detect and diagnose gastric ulcers.
One of the medical facilities that patients with gastric ulcer can go to when in the region is Endoscopy Centre Malaysia, which is located at one of the top hospitals in the country, Beacon Hospital. The facility offers comprehensive medical services including upper gastrointestinal endoscopy that allows doctors to examine the inside of the stomach to look for open sores and treat ulcers.
In 2016, Olympus Endoscope Training Centre also announced that it will open an endoscopy training centre in Thailand to improve the standard of diagnosis and treatment techniques in the region. The centre also aims to further establish Thailand as a reliable source of high-quality yet affordable endoscopic care, which is quite expensive in other countries like the US and the UK.
Both Malaysia and Thailand have a host of other world-class hospitals that offer treatment for gastric ulcer. Many of them are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) and staffed by internationally trained gastroenterologists.