Minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery refers to a technique used by veterinary surgeons to provide a less intrusive approach to procedures. The goal is to maintain a high level of accuracy, precision, and effectiveness while reducing recovery and healing time. It’s used as an alternative to open approach surgeries using a large incision. Not all procedures can be done using this method, though we are making strides regularly in expanding the use of this technique. One of the most common minimally invasive procedures we perform at our hospital is laparoscopic surgery, which refers to minimally invasive procedures performed on the abdomen of a pet.
What is a Laparoscope?
In laparoscopic surgery, a very small incision is made to allow a laparoscope (a long fiber-optic instrument) into the affected area. The laparoscope has a camera on it, which allows us to see what’s going on without completely opening the area up.
Each pet’s situation is unique and will require an individualized treatment plan with options that fit their current health status and condition. We will discuss all the available options for your pet and potential outcomes to find the best fit for your companion.