Pyloroplasty is surgery to widen the opening in the lower part of the stomach (pylorus) so that stomach contents can empty into the small intestine (duodenum).
The pylorus is a thick, muscular area. When it thickens, food cannot pass through.
The surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free).
If you have open surgery:
Surgeons can also do this surgery using a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a tiny camera that is inserted into your belly through a small cut. Video from the camera will appear on a monitor in the operating room. The surgeon views the monitor to do the surgery. During the surgery:
Pyloroplasty is used to treat complications in people with peptic ulcers or other stomach problems that cause a blockage of the stomach opening.
Risks for anesthesia and surgert in general include:
Risks for this surgery include:
Tell your doctor or nurse:
During the days before your surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
After surgery, the health care team will monitor your breathing, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate. Most people can go home within 24 hours.
Most people recover quickly and completely. The average hospital stay is 2 to 3 days. Most people can slowly begin a regular diet in a few weeks.
Angel CA. Pyloroplasty. In: Townsend CM, Evers BM, eds. Atlas of General Surgical Techniques. Philadelphia, PA: 2010:chap 23.
Last reviewed on: 10/25/2014
Reviewed by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.