(Pyloric Stenosis Repair; Pyloromyotomy)
Pronounced: py-LOR-oh-plah-stee, py-LOR-ik stuh-NOH-sis, py-LOR-oh-MY-ah-ta-me
The pylorus is the opening between the stomach and the intestines. A pyloroplasty is a surgery to make the pylorus opening wider.
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Reasons for Procedure
The pylorus opens and closes to allow food to pass to the intestines. Certain conditions can make this area thicker. This can make it difficult for food to pass. The condition is called pyloric stenosis . It can cause severe symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and dehydration .
Pyloroplasty is done to widen the opening. It can treat this condition.
Complications are rare. However, no procedure is completely free of risk. Your child's doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Damage to intestines
- Hernia formation at the incision site
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Current bleeding disorders
- Prior surgeries in the abdomen
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Heart or lung conditions
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Make sure your child does not eat or drink anything before the surgery. Follow the specific directions given by your doctor.
General anesthesia will be used. Your child will be asleep.
Description of Procedure
The anesthesia will be given. When your child is asleep, an incision will be made in the abdomen. A cut will be made in the muscle of the pylorus. The pylorus will then be sewn back together in a wider shape.
The abdominal muscles will be sewn back together. The skin will be closed with stitches or staples.