Skip to Content
Home > Wellness Resources > Health Library > Laparotomy for Pelvic Problems
A laparotomy is a type of surgery that allows the surgeon to
look at the abdominal cavity through an incision in the abdomen.
It may be used to diagnose and treat female pelvic
conditions such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID),
ovarian cysts, and
ectopic pregnancy. It is usually done under
Laparotomy is most often done:
For PID, laparotomy is not done as often as laparoscopy, which requires special equipment and training. But laparotomy is done if a hospital is not equipped for laparoscopy. It may also be done if another problem is suspected, such as a ruptured appendix.
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on how to
get ready for your surgery. Or a nurse may call you with instructions before
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. While you are there,
nurses will care for and observe you. You most likely will stay in the recovery
area for 1 to 4 hours. Then you will be moved to a hospital room. Your nurse will give you any special instructions from your doctor and will explain
information to help you during your recovery.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.