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Unread 03-16-2006, 01:24 PM
what is a laprotomy?

Hi sisters,
as most of you know I am scheduled, after much he** to get there, for a laporoscopy a week from tomorrow. I have read alot of post where woman were supposed to have a laporoscopy, but it turned into a laprotomy (sp). Is this where they open you clear up again like they did for my TAH/BSO? I told my boss I would be off no longer than 2 weeks, and he is not taking that well at all. He will not be happy if things change! So, if anyone can explain the difference, I'd appreciate it!!!!! Thanks
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Unread 03-16-2006, 01:55 PM
what is a laprotomy?

Yes, the laparotomy is where they have to make a full incision instead of the small belly button type incisions with the laparoscopy. It is a much longer recovery time as you already know from your TAH/BSO. I hope you are able to get by with just the laparoscopy! Keep us posted.

Unread 03-16-2006, 04:36 PM
what is a laprotomy?

Yes, laprotomy (sp?) is an abdominal incision. I had one a few years before I had the hysterectomy. I was in the hospital for 3 days and was off work for 4 weeks, probably should've taken longer, than went back part time for 2 weeks. When I had the hysterectomy the doctor went into the same incision.

Your doctor should inform you before the surgery if a laprotomy may happen. Just because one person has a laproscope scheduled that turns into a laprotomy does mean that your doctor has the same plans for you.
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Unread 03-17-2006, 01:44 PM
what is a laprotomy?

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