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Laparoscopic Surgery

LapLake Anna Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer laparoscopic surgery for pets. Laparoscopy provides a higher level of comfort for your pet when compared to traditional surgical procedures.

Laparoscopic surgery is also called minimally invasive surgery because the surgery is performed with 2 very small 1 cm incisions. In many cases laparoscopy can be substituted for traditional surgery. Advantages of laparoscopic surgery include a much smaller incision, faster healing time, and less pain. Laparoscopy is less stressful than traditional surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Laparoscopic procedures are performed under general anesthesia.

The laparoscope consists of a telescoping rod and lens system connected to a video camera and light source. The veterinarian inserts the laparoscope through tiny incisions in the abdomen. The abdomen is then filled with carbon dioxide to create space to work, and additional equipment (such as scissors) is used to complete the surgery. Laparoscopic procedures give the veterinarian direct visualization of your pet’s internal organs; images from the camera are transmitted to a monitor, allowing for an up-close view of your pet's internal organs.

There are a number of advantages to laparoscopic surgery, including:

  • Shortened anesthesia and hospitalization. Your pet can often go home the same day.

  • Smaller incision which results in less blood loss and shortens your pet’s recovery time

  • Less pain and discomfort for your pet and a faster post-operative recovery time

  • Better visualization of the internal organs

Laparoscopic surgery is used for several abdominal procedures including spay and neuter surgery, organ biopsies (liver, intestine and kidney), removing retained testicles, and gastropexy.

The Benefits of Laparascopic Spay Surgery
In a traditional spay surgery, the veterinarian makes a 2-3 inch (or longer) incision into your female pet’s abdomen to remove the reproductive system. With laparoscopy, small incisions in her abdomen are made, one for the camera and one or two others for the instruments. The veterinarian maneuvers the tools while looking at a video screen. Instead of removing the entire reproductive system, the surgeon may only take the ovaries. This means less pain and faster healing time for your pet.

Advances in veterinary medicine are helping to make pets more comfortable and shorten their hospital stay. As new cutting edge techniques are being adopted by the veterinary profession, we are pleased to be able to provide higher levels of care for your pets.