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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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Laparotomy (Definition)

Laparotomy is abdominal surgery. Often, special enemas are sufficient to treat intussusception. If not, a ...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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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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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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Will i be able to get pregnant after an ovarian mass operation?

Will i be able to get pregnant after an ovarian mass operation?

Ovarian Mass : Sure. The opposite ovary, if healthy, should produce plenty of eggs over the months and years ahead. ...Read more

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What is serous papillary adenofobroma?I had such a ovarian mass what should I do?

What is serous papillary adenofobroma?I had such a ovarian mass what should I do?

Get 2nd opinion: Serous papillary (cyst)adenofibroma is an uncommon tumor of the oviduct (tube) or ovary. If you were my patient, i would ask that several pathologists look at the glass slides and confirm the benign diagnosis for everyone's peace of mind. Some clinicians might screen you for a brca mutation. ...Read more

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I have a complex cystic ovarian mass with mural nodularity measuring 4.1 cm. Is this suspicious for malignancy?

I have a complex cystic ovarian mass with mural nodularity measuring 4.1 cm.  Is this suspicious for malignancy?

Possibly: A mural nodule may or may not be a sign of a malignant mass. This complex cyst should be followed with a pelvic ultrasound in 6-10 weeks. If still present or growing, consider a pelvic MRI without and with intravenous contrast. Please see your Gynecologist. ...Read more