second-look surgery


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second-look surgery

Surgery some months after the original operation for cancer to detect possible recurrences. Second-look procedures are also performed on a more immediate basis, e.g., within hours of the initial surgery, when vascular injuries created by the initial operation or condition are suspected. Occasionally an endoscopic second look may be performed instead of an open surgical procedure.
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In six, MRI showed small-volume tumors that were missed on second-look surgery but proved to exist on follow-up.
Although some doctors have recommended second-look surgery following postoperative radiation therapy, this procedure is not widely accepted because of possible complications of surgery in patients previously treated with radiation.
Historically, up to 50% of women with negative second-look surgery results will actually have a recurrence of cancer, suggesting that laparotomy could be missing residual tumors.

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