Several factors determine the specific pyloric stenosis treatment procedure. These include:
- Your baby's overall health, gestational age, & medical history
- The severity of the problem
- Your baby's tolerance for specific therapies, medications, and procedures
- Expectations for the route of the problem
- The parents' preferences and opinion
While pyloric stenosis is treated with an operation, the doctors may need to treat mineral imbalances and dehydration first. Once the baby is no longer dehydrated, surgery is performed.
During the pyloromyotomy, the surgeon will make a small incision in the stomach and cut through the thickened muscle tissue of the pylorus.
This surgery is usually performed using a laparoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a camera attached. This allows the surgeon to see inside the stomach without making a large incision.
The baby will receive pain medication injected into the incision while in the operating room.