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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 the sphincter.
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What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Make sure your child does not eat or drink anything before the surgery as directed by your doctor.
The surgery will be done using general anesthesia . Your child will be in a deep sleep.
Description of Procedure
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 instructions .
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