exploratory surgery


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ex·plor·a·to·ry sur·gery

(eks-plor'ă-tōr-ē sur'jĕr-ē)
Surgical investigation to diagnose cause of a disorder or condition.

exploratory surgery

Surgery performed for diagnosis, e.g. an exploratory laparotomy. Exploratory surgeries may become surgeries in which definitive treatment is rendered when a previously undiagnosed lesion is identified and rectified.
See also: surgery
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8) EMG results indicating severe denervation may prompt physicians to either wait for spontaneous improvement or perform exploratory surgery.
They did exploratory surgery because of his blood pressure and keep running into problems.
He will now undergo exploratory surgery in the next 48 hours to assess the full extent of the damage caused by the dislocation, but we know he will be out of action now for a minimum of 10 weeks.
Thirty women underwent exploratory surgery because of abnormal findings at surveillance.
The injury was discovered following exploratory surgery in the United States, and Deisler must undergo a further operation.
Clearly the risk associated with exploratory surgery is greater than the risk of diagnostic imaging," he said.
Nigel Martyn will make his full Everton debut as Richard Wright starts three weeks' rest after the exploratory surgery on his knee injury which revealed no serious damage Iain Turner will deputise as Steve Simonsen has a thigh strain.
Goalkeeper Nigel Martyn will make his full Everton debut as Richard Wright starts three weeks' rest after the exploratory surgery on his knee injury which revealed no serious damage.
But doctors advised he underwent exploratory surgery and the French midfielder had a minor operation on his knee in Strasbourg last week.
Some new diagnostic capabilities already functioning in experimental settings may greatly reduce the need for hospital-based tests, laboratory services and exploratory surgery.
For example, further tests may bring about additional radiation exposure and the small chance of toxicity from contrast material needed for visualization, or the bleeding, infection, and potential disfigurement associated with biopsy or exploratory surgery.
When patients complain of non-specific pain and swelling in the ankle and tests are normal, the arthroscope allows us to make a diagnosis without the need for invasive exploratory surgery," Stienstra explains.