Fundamentals of Exploratory Laparotomy for Trauma

  • Chia-jung K. Lu
  • Joshua A. Marks


The exploratory laparotomy for trauma focuses on efficient surgical techniques to control rapidly hemorrhage and contamination. This chapter will follow the patient from arrival in the trauma resuscitation bay to decision to operate and travel to the operating room, to incision, to key intraoperative maneuvers and associated pitfalls, and to the surgical ICU postoperatively. The general approach to the procedure and the detailed management of specific intra-abdominal injuries are addressed.


Trauma ATLS Laparotomy Damage control Lethal triad 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care SurgerySidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgerySidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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