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Exploratory Surgery

Sometimes when we do not know what is wrong in your abdomen we may have to explore the inside with surgery. This is not done until an extensive amount of testing has been performed with no definite answer. Some reasons for the need for exploratory surgery could be bleeding, abdominal pain, or injury. If the cause of the problem is found during the operation, it is typically managed at that time.

Exploratory surgery is usually performed “openly” with an abdominal incision. Organs which are explored include:

  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine (small bowel)
  • Large intestine (colon or large bowel)
  • Appendix
  • Ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus (in women)

Why Hillcrest General Surgery?

As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest General Surgery in Waco, Texas strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive general surgery services in the Central Texas Area.