Laparoscopic Surgery for Pets Is Less Invasive
Just as the use of the endoscope allows us to visually examine your pet internally, laparoscopic surgery is useful for performing surgical procedures with much smaller incisions. This minimally invasive surgical technique results in a safer procedure with lower risks.
- Shorter surgery and anesthesia time
- Minimally invasive
- Less scarring
- Less pain
- Quicker recovery
The abdomen is inflated with gas, usually carbon dioxide, so that a space is created between the wall of the abdomen and the organs inside it. We insert narrow tubes into the abdominal wall through small incisions in the skin. The laparoscope, a pencil-sized instrument that contains a small camera lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate structures, is passed through the tubes. Similarly sized instruments are used to perform the operation. The video equipment attached to the laparoscope makes it possible for your pet's veterinarian to see images of the organs and the abdominal tissues on a monitor.
Laparoscopic surgical procedures can be performed on the gallbladder, intestines, kidneys, and other organs. Because the incisions are so much smaller and involve must less injury to the muscles, the trauma of accessing and operating on an internal organ is dramatically reduced. Laparoscopy greatly lessens pain and recovery time.