Laparoscopic surgery is considered a minimally-invasive surgery as they are performed through small incisions (approximately .5-1.5 cm) through the skin. A small needle is inserted in the body, and carbon dioxide is blown in to the body to push the skin back, and allow our doctors to see and have space in which to work. At this time, a laparoscope attached to a tiny camera and light source is inserted in the body for our veterinarians to begin the procedure.
There are many advantages associated with the laparoscopic surgery available at Shallowford Animal Hospital. The procedure itself is conducted on a much smaller scale than traditional surgical incisions, and therefore recovery is even less painful for the pet. Recovery times are much faster as well, as there is not as much tissue that must recover.
There a number of procedures in which laparoscopy is often used at Shallowford Animal Hospital. Ovariohysterectomy (spay) surgeries are much less invasive than traditional surgery, and recovery times are much faster. Prophylactic gastropexy is a preventative procedure used especially in large-breed dogs to prevent life-threatening “bloat.” During this procedure, the veterinarians at Shallowford Animal Hospital attach the stomach to the abdominal wall, to prevent the stomach from rotating, or “bloating.” Finally, organs can be biopsied at Shallowford, using our minimally-invasive laparoscope. The liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas can all be biopsied if cancer or disease is suspected, without the need to fully “open up” your furry family member.
The doctors at Shallowford Animal Hospital constantly search for new and more advanced surgical techniques, and laparoscopy is extremely safe and effective. If your pet has a surgical need, and you would like to know if a laparoscopic procedure may be right for them, please call one of our compassionate team members.