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 (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach).
Your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surgeon wrapped the upper part of your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stomach around the end of their 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 also place a g-tube (gastrostomy tube) in their 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 they swallow for 6 to 8 weeks. This is from the swelling inside their esophagus. Your child may also have some bloating.
Recovery is faster from laparoscopic surgery than from open surgery.
You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s primary care provider or gastroenterologist for about a week after the surgery.
After your child goes home, you will slowly get them 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 childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doctor.
If sutures (stitches), staples, or glue were used to close your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skin:
If tape strips (Steri-Strips) were used to close your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skin:
Do not allow your child to soak in a bathtub or hot tub or go swimming until your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doctor tells you it is okay.
Call your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doctor or nurse if your child has:
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