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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A scan and exploratory surgery revealed the full extent of the injury and Wiles immediately underwent a four-hour operation.
During exploratory surgery, they found several sources of hemorrhage, including diffuse uterine bleeding.
The 20-year-old underwent exploratory surgery last night to assess the extent of the cruciate knee ligament injury suffered at Watford on Tuesday.
Mr Mole said Sarah underwent exploratory surgery yesterday.
In January, Christie underwent exploratory surgery and congenital bands which were discovered behind both knees were then released.
Frances McCluskey told yesterday how she wentinto Wishaw General Hospital for exploratory surgery on her left knee.
Nicol goes into hospital this morning for exploratory surgery in a bid to identify the knee problem which has kept him out of action since Scotland's summer tour to New Zealand.
It added: "It was a life-threatening condition of such uncertainty it necessitated exploratory surgery. The surgeon did act professionally."
She will have exploratory surgery the following day and five days later will undergo a 16-hour operation.
RICHARD HILL underwent exploratory surgery yesterday evening to determine his chances of featuring for England in next month's autumn internationals against Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Mr Smith managed to wrestle the knife from her but he had suffered a deep wound which left him needing exploratory surgery, five stitches, and intravenous fluid to combat blood loss.