If pyloric stenosis is diagnosed the baby will require minor surgery.
Doctors use surgery to cut into and spread apart the enlarged pylorus muscle. This widens the opening from the stomach into the small intestines and allows food and liquids to move more easily. Parents should see a decrease in spitting up and vomiting after
the surgery as well as increased weight gain as food begins to nourish the infant's developing body.
The 2 main surgical options to correct pyloric stenosis include:
- laparoscopic surgery: A doctor uses a thin tube that passes through an incision in the infant's belly-button. This tube helps guide the doctor to the pyloric muscle.
- open surgery: Open surgery requires the doctor to make an incision in the baby's abdomen to reach the pyloric muscle.
Treating the condition with surgery is very effective and the baby can usually go home within a day or two. In rare cases, spitting up after the surgery may be a sign that the pyloric muscle was not cut enough to widen the opening from the stomach
into the small intestines.
In developed countries, surgery is the way pyloric stenosis is treated because it is so effective. If you are in an area with no pediatric surgeon or anesthesiologist, medical treatment with atropine* may be recommended. Atropine is a less effective treatment,
and so it is not recommended if surgery is possible.
Preventing pyloric stenosis is not possible. However, knowing the signs and symptoms of the condition and recognizing them in your child may help you get the care your baby needs as early as possible. In turn, you may prevent complications such as dehydration, weight loss, and poor nutrition.
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