What is it?

The abdomen is opened using an incision - usually a long, transverse incision (bikini incision). Sometimes, if necessary, a vertical incision is used.


An open abdomen operation is only used if the procedure cannot be administered laparoscopically. This includes, for example, removing a large uterus or operations for cancer.

Centres and specialist areas

General gynaecology

Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Van Den Broecke Dirk