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Could you give me tips on exploratory laparotomy?

Could you give me tips on exploratory laparotomy?

You are complex: Exploratory laparotomy indicates that something is wrong in your abdominal cavity and that you need surgery. The surgeon is not quite sure what will be encountered and what will be done to fix the problem. ...Read more

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Laparotomy (Definition)

Laparotomy is abdominal surgery. Often, special enemas are sufficient to treat intussusception. If not, a ...Read more


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What body systems are involved in an exploratory laparotomy?

What body systems are involved in an exploratory laparotomy?

Gastrointestinal: Primarily the GI system, but all intrabdominal organs are grossly inspected, visualized and palpated ...Read more

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What causes an anastomotic leak? Is an Exploratory Laparotomy the procedure needed to correct? What are Exploratory Laparotomy usually needed for?

What causes an anastomotic leak? Is an Exploratory Laparotomy the procedure needed to correct? What are Exploratory Laparotomy usually needed for?

Variety of causes: Anastomotic leak is a term used to describe the breakdown between two surgically connected sites and is often used to describe GI anatomy. This may be where two pieces of bowel are brought together, or the outflow of an organ such as the liver or kidney is connected. When organs leak, infection in the abdomen can ensue. An exploratory laparotomy is the right choice to find and fix the leak. ...Read more

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What causes an anastomotic leak after an ileostomy reversal surgery? Does a surgeon usually perform an Exploratory Laparotomy to correct?

What causes an anastomotic leak after an ileostomy reversal surgery? Does a surgeon usually perform an Exploratory Laparotomy to correct?

Variety of causes: Anastomotic leaks can occur for a variety of reasons and are a known complication of GI surgery. The primary concern with anatomic leak is the passage of stool into the abdomen with the formation of abscesses and possibly systemic infections. The treatment for this is often to operate, find the leak, and wash out any stool that may have collected in the process. ...Read more

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I had a exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo oophorectomy in 2009 been getting yearly paps. Do i need to continue?

I had a exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo oophorectomy in 2009 been getting yearly paps. Do i need to continue?

Pap after Hyst: If your hysterectomy was done for a non-cancerous reason and up have never had a severe pre-cancerous cervical lesion then the current reccomendations do not suggest further pap smears. ...Read more

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22yr old, had exploratory laparotomy 2 years ago due to retroperitoneal hematoma. Now, I have abdominal pain. Heating/less movement helps with pain. I am young and do not want another surgery. Advice?

22yr old, had exploratory laparotomy 2 years ago due to retroperitoneal hematoma.  Now, I have abdominal pain. Heating/less movement helps with pain. I am young and do not want another surgery. Advice?

Retroperitoneal: Hematoma is a rare condition, unless you are on anticoagulants or have an anatomical abnormality. Recurrence is even more rare. This episode of pain is probably not hematoma, but something else. Consult your doctor for definitive diagnosis and advice. ...Read more

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What exactly is a laparotomy?

What exactly is a laparotomy?

Open surgery: Laparotomy is surgery that involves opening the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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How should a 5 day post-op laparotomy look?

How should a 5 day post-op laparotomy look?

More information pls: Was the wound closed primarily? Are there staples? Is there drainage from the wound? Is it red? Do you have fever? These are the main things i look for in post-op laparotomy wounds. If you have concern, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Anyone ever died during a laparotomy before?

Anyone ever died during a laparotomy before?

Yes: Yes, but keep in mind that a laparotomy is simply the name for a procedure where the skin is incised with a scalpel making a traditional scar to gain access to the abdominal cavity. It is done is many different circumstances including emergently after trauma, cancer surgery, exploratory surgery, etc. Very rare in low risk cases be assured. ...Read more

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Can they safely do a laparotomy on a 17 year old?

Can they safely do a laparotomy on a 17 year old?

Yes: This procedure is less common today with the presence of ultrasound or ct scans. However, it is done routinely from infancy through late adulthood. ...Read more

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What is recovery time for laparotomy to remove a dermoid?

What is recovery time for laparotomy to remove a dermoid?

At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks, but healing continues even after that. Only your doctor will be able to clear you for activities based on how you are healing and what specifically was done. ...Read more

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How long before I can start to do crunches after a laparotomy?

How long before I can start to do crunches after a laparotomy?

Call and ask: Please call your surgeon about this: many recommend 6 weeks but you should follow the instructions your doctor gives you, no one else. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an oophorectomy with mini laparotomy?

How long does it take for an oophorectomy with mini laparotomy?

Why: This should be done laparoscopically and if straight forward 20 minutes for the docs part. ...Read more

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What are the chances I will need a laparotomy and not a laparoscop?

What are the chances I will need a laparotomy and not a laparoscop?

Depends: It depends on the skill of your surgeon and the concern over the possibility of cancer which relates to your age etc. In our hands, in young patients with "big" cysts up to say 12 cm or so, we would almost always approach with laparoscopy unless a malignancy is strongly suspected. This would be rare in the young age groups. Depends on the planned surgery and the indication. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an oophorectomy via mini laparotomy to heal?

How long does it take for an oophorectomy via mini laparotomy to heal?

At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks, but healing continues even after that. Only your doctor will be able to clear you for activities based on how you are healing and what specifically was done. ...Read more

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What's a laparotomy?

What's a laparotomy?

Laparotomy: Opening the abdomen to look inside during surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mini-laparotomy?

What to do if I have a mini-laparotomy?

Surgery: This is still a surgical procedure and requires anesthesia and accordingly you will need to have a preoperative history and physical examination as well as certain laboratory testing. An anesthesiologist may meet with you a day or two before surgery. Make sure you have a good bowel movement before going to the hospital and eat or drink nothing after midnight before surgery, get good night's sleep ...Read more

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How long does it take to have a laparotomy?

Depends indication?: Laparotomy means incision in the abdomen. If it is just to look for a problem, like if someone was stabbed, once you have looked if everything is ok you can close in less than 20 minutes. Some complicated surgeries last more than 20 hours. ...Read more