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“Thank you so much for taking care of Bonnie through her surgery. I appreciate it and it makes it much easier for me when I know she is in good hands.”

Christy Porterfield and Bonnie

“You most certainly have the gifts of love and compassion. Thank you again for being so diligent in finding the problem with our sweet Miss Piggy.”

Heather, Tony and Piggy Smith.

“I want to thank you for all the TLC you showed my cockatiel, Deros, and me over the years...”

Linda Huebner

“...the people in our lives for whom we are most grateful. You folks are among those people. We do not know what we would have done without you this year.”

Steve and Dianne Durbin

“I will not take my animals anywhere else!!! The staff and doctors were absolutely FABULOUS, kind, courteous, caring and understanding.

Dennis A.

“What more could you ask for? Warm, caring staff, competent doctors that take their time with their clients and are genuinely caring. A clean, bright environment.”

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“You can tell the staff at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital truly cares about the well-being of animals. They are courteous, caring, and go out of their way to make sure your animals are healthy and happy.”

Troy (K) W.

“Thanks to the dedication of the vet himself and his staff, my dog overcame a bout of pancreatitis which could have been fatal if the doctor had not met me after hours.”

Courtney T.

“I am so proud to say that I use this group of Vets and tech...“Dr Van” explained everything to me and it was a much more reassuring process than it could have been. My hats off to all the staff!!

Shannon P.

“Our dog was injured one evening just before business hours ended. I called expecting to ask about an emergency vet but they told me to bring my dog in even though they were closed. They took great care of her!

Melissa S.

“The vets and all the staff are friendly and want to make sure the owner feels comfortable with any procedures or meds given to the pet. They are great!

Sharion V.

“Thank you so much for taking wonderful care of me after removal of my oral cancer. My Mommy and Daddy are so grateful to everyone there at Carriage Hills.”

Bella Pate

Minimally Invasive Veterinary Surgery & Diagnostics with Endoscopy & Laparoscopy

Minimally Invasive Pet Surgery

In veterinary medicine, minimally invasive surgery is becoming more common. Because the incision is small and damage to surrounding tissue is minimal, patients recover more quickly and experience less pain than with more conventional surgical procedures. Carriage Hills Animal Hospital offers minimally invasive surgery for a variety of pet needs.


Minimally Invasive Diagnostic & Surgical Procedures

Many diagnostic procedures and general surgeries are performed at our hospital using minimally invasive technology and techniques:

  • Endoscopy uses fiber optics to visualize your pet’s oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, upper small intestine, and the colon, allowing biopsies and foreign objects removal in a minimally invasive manner.
  • Laparoscopy is endoscopic surgery using rigid scopes to visualize the internal organs through a very small incision.

Surgeries using laparoscopy include spays, cryptorchid neuters, gastropexies, and some exploratory surgeries. With this technology, we are able to take biopsies and visualize areas of interest without making a large incision. These procedures allow for more rapid healing with less pain for your pet.


How It Works

During a minimally invasive procedure at our hospital, the patient is anesthetized and the veterinarian makes several small incisions in the skin. The laparoscope, a long, thin tube with a lens on the end, is passed through a port in one of the incisions. Images from the laparoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room. This provides the team with a clear view of the surgical area.

Surgical instruments are then passed through ports in the other incisions, allowing the veterinarian to perform the surgery. The small incisions result in less pain and scarring for the patient and usually offer a more rapid recovery than traditional surgical methods.

Learn more about endoscopy and laparoscopy.

Carriage Hills veterinarian Dr. Griffin has a special interest and advanced training in performing these minimally invasive procedures. Contact our hospital to determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for your pet.