This is an open surgery of the abdomen to view the organs and tissue inside.

Abdominal Organs, Anterior View
AC00010_97870_1_abdominal organs.jpg
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

This procedure is done to evaluate problems in the abdomen.

Problems that may need to be examined with an exploratory laparotomy include:

The procedure may also be done to stage cancer or to biopsy the area.