Your child had surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition that causes food or liquid to come up from the stomach into the esophagus. This is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
During the operation, the surgeon wrapped the upper part of your child’s stomach around the end of the esophagus.
The surgery was done in one of these ways:
Your child may also have had a plyoroplasty procedure to widen the opening between the stomach and small intestine. The doctor may have also placed a g-tube (gastrostomy tube) in the child's belly.
Most children can go back to school or daycare as soon as they feel well enough.
Your child may have a feeling of tightness when swallowing. This is from the swelling inside your child's esophagus. Your child may also have some bloating. These should go away in 6 to 8 weeks.
Recovery is faster from laparoscopic surgery than from open surgery.
You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your child’s primary care provider or gastroenterologist about a week after the surgery.
After your child goes home, you will slowly get him or her back to a regular diet.
If your child had a g-tube (gastrostomy tube) placed during surgery, it can be used for feeding and venting. Venting is when the g-tube is opened to release air from the stomach, similar to burping.
For pain, you can give your child over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). If your child is still having pain, call your child’s doctor.
If sutures (stitches), staples, or glue were used to close your child’s skin:
If strips of tape were used to close your child’s skin:
Do not allow your child to soak in a bathtub or hot tub or go swimming until your child’s doctor tells you it is okay.
Call your child’s doctor or nurse if your child has:
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Khan S, Orenstein SR. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 315.
Updated by: Matthew M. Cooper, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial Team.
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