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Exploratory Laparotomy Procedure for Pets Evansville IN

Three critical steps of an exploratory laparotomy include the amount of hair clipped, the length of the incision and how systematic you are. Read on and know more.

Village East Animal Hospital
(812) 250-6900
1305 S Green River Rd
Evansville, IN
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Chris Reeder, DVM, ACVD
(502) 240-0947
All-Pets Emergency Clinic 104 S. Heidelbach Ave
Evansville, IN
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Epperson Veterinary Svc
(812) 867-3100
13659 Highway 41 N
Evansville, IN

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Highland Veterinary Clinic
(812) 867-6651
6805 Darmstadt Rd
Evansville, IN

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East Pines Animal Clinic
(812) 897-0810
466 W State Route 62
Boonville, IN

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(812) 202-6909
186 State Route 261
Boonville, IN
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(812) 426-1435
2613 N 1st Ave
Evansville, IN

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(812) 838-6493
903 E 4th St
Mount Vernon, IN

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Secrets of a Successful Exploratory Laparotomy

Classic plication of the jejunum in a 3-year-old cat who ate a linear foreign body.
A great modern philosopher (her name is Patty Khuly, VMD) wrote about her concerns when dealing with some laparotomy cases ( "Surgery Peek and Shriek: My Worse Nightmare," November 2007). Some procedures are technical or specialized, but with any laparotomy, there are a few secrets worth sharing.

Three critical steps of an exploratory laparotomy include the amount of hair clipped, the length of the incision and how systematic you are.
 
The surgical site must be clipped adequately to allow a sufficient skin incision. This means that hair is generously clipped from cranial to the xiphoid region to the pubis. Laterally, the area extends to the inguinal folds.

Very few clients will object to that once they understand it is in the pet’s best interest— and that incisions heal side to side, not end to end. Therefore, a 10-inch incision heals at the same rate as a one-inch incision.

A celiotomy starts with a ventral midline skin incision, which must be long enough to access and visualize every abdominal organ from the liver to the bladder. In cats and female dogs, an incision from the xiphoid process to the pubis is recommended. This is one of the few cases where saying “Big surgeons make big incisions” is OK. 
 
After dissecting the subcutaneous tissue, the linea alba is tented and incised carefully with a scalpel blade. The dorsal aspect of the linea is palpated, cra...

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