Veterinary Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr.Bloss, Dr. Kase, Sara CVT, and Betsy CVT recently attended a Veterinary laparoscopic surgery conference in Colorado. Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotics Inc will soon be offering several laparoscopic procedures! We would like to explain what laparoscopic surgery offers and its’ advantages over traditional surgical methods.
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive type of surgery. It is performed by first inserting a small needle into the abdomen to inflate it with gas to allow for better visualization. Then two or three other incisions are made for inserting the laparoscope (camera) and surgical instruments. The images are visualized on a large screen in the surgical suite and the surgical procedure is performed. When finished, the instruments are removed and the small incisions are closed with sutures.
There are several surgical procedures that can be performed using laparoscopy. These include spays, retained-testicle neuters, intestinal foreign body removal, bladder stone removal, stomach tacking, and biopsies and removal of multiple organs.
There are several advantages to this type of surgery. Smaller incision sites mean faster healing and less post-operative pain which reduces the recovery time- this means less time in the cone of shame! These procedures also tend to be faster than the alternative open abdominal surgery, which means less time under anesthesia for your pet. The smaller incision sites also mean that there is less exposure of abdominal organs to potential contaminants and decreased incidence of infection. Also, the use of the camera equipment increases the surgeon’s visibility of the abdomen.