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What is Pyloroplasty—Child?

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.

Pyloric Sphincter—Pyloroplasty
Pyloric Sphincter—Pyloroplasty
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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 . 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.

Possible Complications

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:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to intestines
  • Hernia formation at the incision site
  • Chronic diarrhea

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Prior surgeries in the abdomen
  • Malnutrition, or dehydration
  • Heart or lung conditions

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...