What is ‘ex-lap’?
So your vet tells you, “your pet needs an ex-lap”. Many thoughts go through your mind. What is an ex-lap? What does this mean for my pet exactly?
‘Ex-lap’ is short for exploratory laparotomy. It simply means an operation, where a vet opens your pet’s abdomen (belly) to explore its contents. Organs such as the stomach, kidneys, intestines, liver and bladder are found in the abdomen. An ex-lap might be needed for many reasons, including: to repair a damaged organ; remove stones from the bladder; or to take samples of a tumour to aid diagnosis.