Pyloroplasty is a surgery to correct a narrowing of the pyloric sphincter. The pylorus is a muscular area that forms a channel between the stomach and intestine. Normally, food passes easily from the stomach into the intestine through this sphincter.
The pylorus sphincter can become narrowed. The condition is called
pyloric stenosis. It can cause severe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and
dehydration. Narrowing of the pylorus can be caused by scarring from ulcers. It can also be caused by a mass, such as cancer.
Pyloric stenosis is a serious condition. Pyloroplasty is often necessary to treat it.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have pyloroplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
An incision will be made in the upper part of your abdomen. The pylorus will be exposed. Your doctor will cut through the pyloric muscle. The sphincter will be sewn back together in a way that will make the opening wider. The abdominal muscles will be sewn back together. The skin will be closed with stitches or staples.
If your pyloroplasty is done because you have an ulcer, other procedures may be done at the same time.
Immediately After Procedure
After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area for about 1-2 hours.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-2 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the procedure. After the surgery, you will feel pain. You will receive medicine to relieve pain.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 1-3 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.
During your hospital stay, you will gradually return to a normal diet.
Before you go home, a nurse will teach you how to take
care of your surgical incision.
Be sure to follow your doctor's
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding or any discharge from the incision site
Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you were given
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a