Dog and Cat Laparoscopy
Our goal is to provide the finest veterinary care by combining the latest technology, with an extraordinary level of compassion. As your trusted veterinary partner, we constantly strive to improve the treatment of our patients through ongoing training and investment in modern medical technology. This includes laparoscopy!
Dog and cat laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique for performing medical procedures through one or two tiny incisions. An instrument with a camera attachment (the laparoscope) is inserted into the body and magnifies internal structures onto a computer screen for thorough examination.
Highly specialized surgical instruments may then be used through the same (or separate) incision to complete otherwise more complicated and invasive surgical procedures.
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures
- Laparoscopic spays are a revolutionary technique for performing ovariectomies and ovariohysterectomies in female dogs and cats. Performed through one or two small incisions in the abdomen rather than a single large incision, laparoscopic ovariectomy offers a less painful, faster healing alternative to traditional spays. A study published in the 2005 Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open surgical spay.
- Cryptorchid Neuter: Performed through or right behind the “belly button” of a male dog, one small incision is made into the abdomen in order to remove a testicle that has not descending into its normal location within the scrotum. This condition poses a future risk to that patient and rather than the traditional large incision, laparoscopy offers a less painful, faster healing alternative.
- Gastropexy is a preventative surgery in at-risk dogs that prevents the twisting of the stomach which is fatal if not treated quickly. The stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall in order to prevent the stomach from twisting. An endoscopic gastropexy is often done at the same time as a laparoscopic spay.
- Laparoscopic Biopsies: Using the minimally invasive laparoscope diagnostically, organs such as the liver, pancreas, and kidneys can be visualized directly and more clearly with magnification. When necessary, a small sample may be obtained in order to evaluate the tissue and determine causes for change or necessary treatments.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Ovariectomy or “Spay”
- Laparoscopic spay is less painful for your pet since the incisions are very small (by three or more times).
- The small incision size in laparoscopic spaying leads to faster recovery and quicker return to normal.
- By removing only the ovaries, the hormonal influences and thus health risks are eliminated, yet the uterus, and normal anatomy, remains.
- Wound healing is faster and infections are minimized.
- Because the procedure is generally less invasive, we may be able to send your pet home without a protective cone while healing!