Our digestive systems are much more sensitive than most of us realize. Everyday stress and tension, as well as a number of health concerns, can adversely affect the normal flow of our bodily waste. One such interfering condition is a peptic ulcer, a bacterial infection affecting the stomach lining, and typically is represented by flaring or severe pain in the area between the navel and the breastbone, nausea, and heartburn. Peptic ulcers are ulcers that develop in the stomach, gastric ulcers, or ulcers that develop in the duodenum, duodenal ulcers.
The operation is performed in a hospital setting because you will need to remain in the hospital for a few days after surgery to monitor your situation and for postoperative care. Your surgeon will instruct you on both pre and postoperative care, dietary restrictions during recovery, any potential side effects, when it will be okay to resume normal daily activities, and when to schedule follow up office visits. Full recovery may take several months.
There are two forms of surgery for a Pyloroplasty, an open operation, and a laparoscopic procedure. Your surgeon will determine the best method of surgery for your individual situation. You will be given general anesthesia for your operation so that you will be asleep and not have any pain. After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room to monitor your vital signs before you are taken to your hospital room. Before you leave the hospital, either your surgeon or one of the medical staff will review your home care instructions.
For this procedure, the surgeon will make one large incision in the belly area to allow a clear view of the operation area. Surgical instruments are used to cut into and reshape if necessary, the thickened pylorus muscle to widen the area. When this is completed, the instruments are removed and both the cuts and the initial incision are closed with sutures in a way that allows the pylorus to stay open.
For this procedure, the surgeon will make a few small incisions in the belly area. A laparoscope, a thin surgical instrument with an attached camera, will be inserted into one of the incisions and the required surgical instruments are inserted into the other incisions. The operation site will be filled with a medical gas that will enable the surgeon to perform the operation with a clear view of the surgical site. The pylorus muscles are widened in the same manner as the open procedure. At the end of the operation, the instruments are removed, and the internal and surface cuts are closed with sutures in a manner that enables the pylorus to remain open. There are less scarring and a shorter recovery period following a laparoscopic operation.