This is an open surgery of the abdomen to view the organs and tissue inside. Abdominal Organs, Anterior ViewCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
- Fever or chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Increasing pain or pain that does not go away
- Your abdomen becomes swollen or hard to the touch
or constipation that lasts more than 3 days
- Bright red or dark black stools
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain or difficulty with urination
- Swelling, redness, or pain in your leg
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
This is an open surgery of the abdomen to view the organs and tissue inside.
Abdominal Organs, Anterior View Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
This procedure is done
to evaluate problems in the abdomen.
Problems that may need to be examined with an exploratory laparotomy include:
- A hole in the bowel wall
- Ectopic pregnancy—pregnancy outside of the uterus
- Damage to an organ from trauma
- Infection in the abdomen
The procedure may also be done to stage cancer or to biopsy the area.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Blood clots
- Damage to organs
- Hernia formation
- Large scars
- Reaction to the anesthesia
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity