The purpose of an abdominal exploratory is to systematically explore the entire abdomen.
The entire abdominal cavity and all structures are visualized and / or palpated. The patient is anesthetized for this procedure. There are many indications for an abdominal exploratory.
A few examples include the following:
1. Obtain small tissue samples for biopsy or culture.
2. Remove gastrointestinal foreign bodies.
3. Remove or biopsy cancerous masses.
4. Remove bladder or kidney stones.
5. Ovariohysterectomy / pyometra [infected uterus].
6. Gastric torsion [stomach has twisted] or splenic torsion.
Your primary care veterinarian will be able to discuss in more detail the indications and potential plan for each individual patient.
– Lesley Phillips, DVM