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Dr. Herman Hammerstead Dr. Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
46 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Jon Krook
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Laparotomy (Definition)

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


Dr. James Stone Dr. Stone
Radiology - Interventional
13 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Philip Woodworth Dr. Woodworth
Surgery
21 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Gregory Hines Dr. Hines
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Dr. James Stone Dr. Stone
Radiology - Interventional
13 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Arthur Ollendorff Dr. Ollendorff
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Morton Levitt Dr. Levitt
Pathology
45 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Mazen Ghani Dr. Ghani
Radiology
20 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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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

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Left ovarian mass/enlarged left ovary size 8.1*4.2*4.2 CM in very bad pain been go in on for three months and won't go away been to e.R. Several times?

Left ovarian mass/enlarged left ovary size 8.1*4.2*4.2 CM in very bad pain been go in on for three months and won't go away been to e.R. Several times?

Removal: If you have an 8 cm painful ovarian mass then this can be removed. Schedule a visit with an obgyn in their office instead of going to the er. Bring a copy of the sonogram or ct scan report for them to review and you can see if you are a surgical candidate. This is a very common surgery for a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Bloated and worried about ovarian mass or cyst?

Bloated and worried about ovarian mass or cyst?

Could be: A pelvic ultrasound can rule that out so see your gyn, could also be from bowels or other organs. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What is the probability that a complex ovarian mass could be cancer?

What is the probability that a complex ovarian mass could be cancer?

Please talk to: Gyn, i assume your gyn has done blood work which can help differentiate benign ovarian masses form cancer and i rec you be referred to a gyn oncologist as that specialist does, benign, pre- malignant and malignant surgery , and i rec they do it through the davinci if possible. ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Ovarian mass no symptoms for week now nausea constant pain what does this mean?

Means get it checked: You are 28 years old and say you have an ovarian mass.I will advice you to follow up with your doctor to find the nature of the mass.Is it a cyst or a solid mass and your doctor can tell you the treatment options based on your symptoms, nature of the mass and size/location of the mass. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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My wife did taste doctor said my wife is fluid in pod,ovarian mass and acyesis i don't understand.

My wife did taste doctor said my wife is fluid in pod,ovarian mass and acyesis i don't understand.

Possible cancer.: Ovarian mass means an abnormal growth on the ovary, and ascites means fluid in the abdomen. These two things together suggest she could have a cancer on her ovary. Ask the doctor if she has cancer, and what the treatment should be. I can help you more if you get more information. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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I was told I have 2 ovarian mass, internal bleeding and ovary is fused on bladder. Having urgent oppherectomy.... Should I be worried?

I was told I have 2 ovarian mass, internal bleeding and ovary is fused on bladder. Having urgent oppherectomy.... Should I be worried?

Somewhat: Major surgery has a small risk from general anesthesia alone. It is safe most of the time, or we wouldn't do it. What you have is not clear, which is why you are having the surgery. Hopefully the surgery corrects the problem and all is well, but it depends on what is causing the problem. After the surgery you will know what caused it and what the next steps will be. Good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko Dr. Eleczko
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Is an ovarian mass cancerous?

Is an ovarian mass cancerous?

Examination needed : It is only with an examination and possible biopsy that you will know the answer to your question. The sooner the better. Schedule an appointment today. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ginsburg Dr. Ginsburg
Radiology - Interventional
8 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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How soon should a surgical intervention occur after receiving a diagnosis of a ovarian mass?

How soon should  a surgical intervention occur after receiving a diagnosis of a ovarian  mass?

Ovarian Mass Work Up: Ovarian mass presents a special diagnostic challenge, in part because benign etiologies greatly outnumber malignant ones. Determination of a degree of suspicion for malignancy is critical & is based largely on imaging appearance. Ultrasound is the most practical modality for initial assessment, while MRI is more accurate & can be performed when US is nondiagnostic or equivocal. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Adam Newman Dr. Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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How does the doctor determine if a complex ovarian mass is an endometrioma or functional cyst?

How does the doctor determine if a complex ovarian mass is an endometrioma or functional cyst?

Surgery: Other than ultrasound appearance, the only way to distinguish them is through surgery. ...Read more