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Exploratory Laparotomy Preparation
Gastrointestinal: Primarily the GI system, but all intrabdominal organs are grossly inspected, visualized and palpated ...Read more
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
Yes: Presuming that you are healed, there is no reason you cannot conceive. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo oophorectomy in 2009 been getting yearly paps. Do i need to continue?
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
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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