On the 3rd attempt Adam finally had his gastrostomy operation on Thursday 5th June. He was in surgery for a couple of hours and although he’s bruised and sore he is pretty much OK. Surprisingly he was allowed home after only three days which is probably for the best as we were on an open children’s ward which was obviously very noisy which Adam didn’t like!!
The operation was done by keyhole surgery, they went in through his belly button and moved his stomach forward and stitched it to his abdominal wall. Then a a device called a ‘button’ was inserted which sticks out from his stomach. When feeding Adam we have to attach a longer tube to the button which we send his drugs and milk through. It is healing very well but we have to make sure it is cleaned well and rotated everyday, we have been warned that it is more than likely going to get infected as the body will try to reject it and have been given some cream to rub around it at the first sign of infection.