Chief of pediatric surgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York, Dr. Gustavo Stringel is an accomplished surgeon with over 30 years of experience. Especially renowned for his innovation and skill in laparoscopic procedures, Dr. Gustavo Stringel also teaches medicine in his position as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at New York Medical College.
A relatively common infant ailment requiring surgery is pyloric stenosis, which consists of an irregularly large growth of muscle around the pylorus, the connection between the stomach to the small intestine. The result of this extra tissue is that food is restricted from passing through into the intestine. The condition is usually quickly identified, as it causes projectile vomiting. Pyloric stenosis most often occurs in infant males around a month old.
Fortunately, pyloric stenosis is easily corrected with surgery. The operation involves cutting the muscle tissue constricting the pylorus, which does not damage the stomach itself. This procedure can be done laparoscopically. In this case, the resulting tiny incisions not only leave practically no scarring later in life, but also greatly reduce the incidence of infection immediately following the surgery.