Before the operation
Before the operation, you can go with your baby from the inpatient unit to the operating room waiting area. You will then go to the parents' surgical waiting area until the operation is finished.
During the pyloromyotomy
Before the operation starts, your baby will have a special "sleep medicine" called a general anesthetic. This helps make sure your baby sleeps through the operation and does not feel any pain.
The surgeon will make cuts in the pylorus to loosen the muscle.
A pyloromyotomy takes about 1 hour.
After the pyloromyotomy
After the pyloromyotomy, your baby will go to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, also called the PACU or recovery room. He will stay there for about 1 hour. You can visit your baby when he wakes up. Your baby will then go back to the inpatient unit.
Your baby will have an intravenous (IV) tube in his arm. This takes fluids and medicines directly into your baby's blood. The IV will be taken out when it is no longer needed for medicines or fluid and your baby is drinking well.
Your baby can go home when all of the following happen:
- His heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and temperature are normal.
- He is eating well without vomiting.
- He is comfortable taking pain medicine by mouth.
This is usually 1 to 3 days after the operation.