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Pyloromyotomy

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What is a pyloromyotomy?

Pyloromyotomy is surgery to open a narrowed pylorus caused by pyloric stenosis.

How do I prepare my baby for surgery?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare your baby for surgery. He may tell you not to feed your baby after midnight on the day of his surgery.

What will happen during surgery?

Your baby's surgeon will make small incisions in your baby's abdomen. He may go through your baby's belly button. He will cut the thick, tight pylorus muscle and spread it apart so food can pass through. The incision will be closed with medical tape.

What are the risks of surgery?

Your baby may bleed more than expected or get an infection. He could develop pneumonia. His stomach, intestines, or other nearby organs may be damaged. The pylorus muscle could grow thick again and block your baby's intestines. Your baby may need surgery again.

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