Laparotomy is a procedure in which a surgeon makes an incision in
the lower abdomen in order to inspect the abdominal cavity. During laparotomy,
the surgeon can correct structural problems or remove tumors, sites of
endometriosis (implants), or scar tissue (adhesions).
Laparotomy is also used to diagnose and treat female pelvic
conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and ectopic
pregnancy. Laparotomy is less commonly used to explore the source of abdominal
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
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