When your baby had infant pyloric stenosis (“PS”), the surgery marked the end of a difficult time for you and your newborn treasure… Right?
If that’s true of you as parents or you as the baby, you belong to the truly blessed ones – at least in this respect!
Most doctors and websites tell the parents that there are no long-term problems after PS and its surgery (pyloromyotomy). Only a minority of the websites I have seen are a little more careful, assuring us that “most” babies will have no more problems. None go into detail about that “most”.
In 20 years of trawling the web I have yet to find Continue reading “Long-term hazards”
Readers of this post may well know what adhesions are, but just to be sure, let’s start at the very beginning…
What are adhesions?
Adhesions are bands and webs of tough, fibrous and inelastic scar tissue which develop after tissue damage resulting from injury, surgery, an internal infection, endometriosis, some chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. They can affect the functioning of muscles, joints, and ligaments, but cause most problems in the abdomen and chest where they can grow between our organs and the abdominal wall, or restrict the movement and work of our organs, causing pain and possibly restricting their function.
About 10% of all people develop adhesions naturally (without surgical or other damage), but it is estimated that they occur in over 90% of people who have abdominal or chest surgery – which means many of us! So we may be thankful that they cause significant problems for only a minority – but that’s small comfort if you belong to that minority.
These problems range from unsightly sunken scars and pain to life-threatening abdominal blockages. Adhesions cause 60 – 70% of small (upper) bowel obstructions in adults and can be the cause of chronic pelvic pain.
Some of us who have had infant surgery for infant pyloric stenosis, or for that matter any of a list of the diseases of the abdomen and chest may find that Continue reading “Scars that strangle”
Most General Practitioners (GPs) will reject any link out of hand. Some GPs have even been known to ask their patient (or client) what “PS” (pyloric stenosis) is.
We can be sure that every medical textbook and training includes at least a page or part of a lecture on PS, which is the most common reason for non-elective surgery on infants in their first months and years. But who can blame a medical student for not remembering everything they are told and read over six or more packed years? Let alone what is currently known about a condition most GPs will encounter only rarely? Continue reading “Is there a link between infant Pyloric Stenosis and later abdominal trouble?”