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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.
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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:
- Damage to intestines
- Hernia formation at the incision site
- Chronic diarrhea
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Bleeding disorder
- Advanced age
- Prior surgeries in the abdomen
- Obesity, malnutrition, or dehydration
- Cardiac or respiratory disease
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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...