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 the sphincter.
The pylorus sphincter can become narrowed. The condition is called
pyloric stenosis. It can cause severe symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and
dehydration. Children can develop pyloric stenosis early in life, often by the age of 12 weeks.
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 your child is planning to have a pyloroplasty, the doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
An incision will be made in the upper part of the abdomen. The pylorus will be exposed.
The doctor will then 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.
Immediately After Procedure
After the surgery, your child 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, your child will feel pain. She will receive medicine to relieve the pain.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 1-3 days. The doctor may choose to keep your child longer if complications arise.
During your child's hospital stay, she will gradually return to a normal diet.
Before your child goes home, a nurse will teach you how to take
care of her surgical incision.
Be sure to follow the doctor's
Call Your Doctor
After your child leaves the hospital, contact the 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 your child cannot control with the medicines given
Pain that your child cannot control with the medicines 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