What surgeries can be performed laparoscopically?
The procedure most commonly performed laparoscopically is the spay. Using minimally invasive surgery, pain is reduced and the risk of hemorrhage decreases significantly. And because this technique minimizes soft tissue trauma, recovery time can be shortened by up to 65 percent compared to a traditional spay surgery! Large-breed dogs also benefit from laparoscopic surgery, which is currently the leading method of performing a preventive stomach tack to reduce the risk of a serious condition called gastric dilation or “bloat.” Bloat is a life-threatening problem for deep-chested dogs, and this procedure prevents the stomach from rotating abnormally. For dogs predisposed to gastric dilation, a stomach tack can be the difference between life and death.
Additionally, laparoscopy can be used to remove the spleen, gall bladder and bladder stones, and provides a minimally invasive alternative to abdominal organ biopsies. Because the high-resolution cameras give veterinarians a vivid picture of the abdominal organs, laparoscopy can even be used in advanced diagnostics.
Is laparoscopic surgery right for my pet?
Laparoscopic surgery is as safe and effective as traditional surgery, but not all procedures or pets are good candidates for it. As with most surgeries, unique health conditions and age may change surgical protocol or the decision to operate. At Complete Pet Care, our veterinarians will use the most thorough methods to evaluate your individual pet’s health and work with you to develop a surgical plan tailored to their needs. Contact us to find out if laparoscopic surgery might be a good choice for your pet!