Veterinary Laparoscopy

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Veterinarian performing laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical technique that can be used for viewing and treating organs inside your pet’s abdomen. Our own Dr. Scott Griffin [link to Staff Bio] has a special interest and advanced training in performing surgeries of this kind, working on all laparoscopic cases personally to ensure the maximum benefit to our patients.

Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is proud to offer exceptional care in this area to all current patients and veterinary referrals.

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How Does Laparoscopy Work?

Laparoscopy was first used as a diagnostic tool to view inside the abdominal cavity. Since then, additional uses have been identified, including exploratory surgeries, biopsy sample collection, and routine surgeries such as spays and preventive gastropexy.

With laparoscopy, rigid endoscopes permit direct visual examination of your pet’s abdominal cavity without the need for a large surgical incision. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of various abdominal diseases and disorders.

This is a relatively safe technique, minimizing soft tissue trauma and allowing for faster and less painful recovery. Time spent under anesthesia can be reduced during these procedures as well, which is a benefit to seriously ill or senior pets.

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Common Laparoscopic Procedures

  • Gastropexy—This is a technique in which the stomach is permanently secured to the abdominal wall, preventing it from rotating abnormally. Gastric-dilatation and volvulus (GDV), often called bloat, is a life-threatening problem that occurs in large, deep-chested dogs. This procedure can be performed in dogs that are predisposed to GDV to prevent the occurrence of this disease. This procedure is called prophylactic gastropexy.
  • Ovariectomy—This is commonly referred to as a spay and is a fast, simple surgical procedure. An ovariohysterectomy is when the ovaries and uterus are removed. In the ovariectomy, only the ovaries are removed. The uterus remains inactive and poses no problem for the patient.
  • Laparoscopic diagnostic procedures—Common diagnostic procedures performed at our hospital include biopsies of organs or masses to test for cancer. Organs biopsied include the liver, pancreas, and kidney, as well as the intestines and bladder.

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