Minimally Invasive Veterinary Surgery

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Veterinarian performing 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.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures

We perform many diagnostic procedures and general surgeries 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 object removal in a minimally invasive manner.
  • Laparoscopy is endoscopic surgery using rigid scopes to visualize the internal organs through a very small incision.

Learn more about endoscopy and laparoscopy

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.

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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.

At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, Dr. Griffin [link to Staff Bio] has a special interest and advanced training in performing these minimally invasive procedures. Please contact our hospital to determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for your pet.