Learn What to Expect from Pyloromyotomy
Prior to Surgery
- Talk to your doctor about your child’s medications/vitamins/herbs. Some may need to be discontinued prior to surgery.
- Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that could impact surgery or anesthesia.
- Your baby will be given IV fluids to ensure that he/she is hydrated and that electrolyte levels remain stable.
- Blood samples are taken in case your child needs a blood transfusion.
On the Day of the Surgery
- Do not breastfeed or give your child formula to drink six hours prior to surgery.
- You will receive a call from the hospital about arrival time.
- Most infants will spend one or two days in the hospital to ensure that they can resume a normal feeding schedule with little to no vomiting.
- There will be soreness around the surgical site during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.
- Do not bathe your baby until at least two days after surgery. Sponge baths are recommended.
- This surgery involves a quick recovery with most babies able to hold fluids within a few hours.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Days
Most babies will recover in a few days.
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