abdominal surgery

(redirected from Digestive system surgical procedures)

abdominal surgery

Any operative procedure in which the abdominal cavity is opened, and a surgeon excises or repairs damaged, redundant or malignant tissue.
 
Most common procedures
Inguinal hernia repair, exploratory laparotomy, appendectomy, laparoscopy (often with a cholecystectomy or other –ectomy).

Potential complications
Excessive bleeding, wound infection, incisional hernia, recurrent gastric ulcer, chronic diarrhoea, malnutrition; pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding in the surgical area; headache, muscle aches, dizziness or fever; increased abdominal pain or swelling, constipation, nausea or vomiting; rectal bleeding or black, tarry stools.
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