How is hypertrophic pyloric stenosis treated?
If your infant is diagnosed with this condition, he or she will likely require a bowel rest (to prevent vomiting the infant won’t eat or drink) and intravenous fluid. The goal is to correct any electrolyte imbalance before surgery.
Pyloric stenosis surgery
Pediatric surgeons use a minimally-invasive technique called laparoscopic pyloromyotomy. The goal of surgery is to open the enlarged muscle that blocks the outlet of the stomach. Minimally-invasive surgery allows your child to heal faster and with less pain.
- The surgeon makes a small incision in the infant’s belly button, inflates the abdominal cavity with air and then inserts a small camera to see inside the abdomen.
- Two incisions 3 mm long are made in the upper right and left abdominal wall to insert the additional instruments.
- Next, the surgeon cuts the outside of the pyloric muscle to allow the inner lining of the pyloric channel to bulge through the blockage and open the outlet of the stomach.
- Once this is done, the stomach empties into the small bowel and the digestive function returns to normal.
- Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions.
Most infants are discharged within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s hypertrophic pyloric stenosis?
Our pediatric surgeons are experienced in minimally-invasive surgical procedures
Our board-certified pediatric surgeons are trained and experienced in a wide variety of minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic pyloromyotomy. Minimally-invasive surgery reduces your infant or child’s healing time, and pain and scars.
Pediatric anesthesiologists keep babies safe
Before and during surgery, our anesthesiologists put children into a sleep-like state that keeps them pain-free. Our anesthesiologists are specially trained to care for kids who have different needs than adults before, during and after anesthesia. Before surgery, parents meet with a pediatric anesthesiologist, who will ease any concerns and answer all of their questions.
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