Abdominal Surgery (exploratory)

There are many instances in which an abdominal exploratory might be a good treatment option for your pet. An exploratory is used to search the abdomen surgically for a potential cause of a problem. Ingestion of foreign objects or a mass pose the most common need for an exploratory. An exploratory may also be used to locate and remove a mass and/or examine organs that may be causing illness. An abdominal ultrasound often precedes an abdominal exploratory in an attempt to diagnose a problem without the need for surgery.

Recovery from an abdominal exploratory is usually two weeks but can be longer depending on the diagnosis. During this time it is important to keep your pet quiet — no running, jumping, or stairs, with leash walks only. Your pet will not need much nursing care from you at home, but lots of TLC is always an important part of healing.