What is Exploratory laparotomy?
It is a surgical procedure used to evaluate the state of the internal organs located in the abdomen. Exploratory laparotomy is performed when other types of tests have been insufficient to establish a diagnosis. It can also be used to biopsy, repair, and remove a damaged part of an organ or tissue.
An exploratory laparotomy is used when a diagnostic laparoscopy is not recommended or when there are signs of certain conditions, such as:
- Damage to internal organs.
- Hernias and cysts.
- Intestinal occlusion.
Before the procedure:
- Make sure your hygiene is optimal.
- Fast for as long as your doctor indicates.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants or any other medication.
When the procedure is complete:
General anesthesia is used in this procedure, and once it is concluded it may be advisable to stay in hospital for a couple of days.
During the first week you will have nausea and some pain where the incision was made. In a few days you will be able to resume your normal life. Remember to check daily the healing process of the surgery and follow your doctor’s recommendations to avoid possible infections.
- Abdominal bleeding.
- Numbness and sore throat.
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