Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which surgery of the abdomen is performed. It has become the routine was to perform surgical procedures in human medicine and has experienced a number of advancements and a gain in popularity in veterinary medicine as well.

Laparoscopic procedures, when compared to a more traditional surgical approach, have many benefits. With a laproscopic procedure you can expect:

  • Minimally invasive, therefore less trauma to the tissues and less pain for the patient
  • Smaller incisions due to smaller specialized surgical instruments
  • Reduced pain
  • Faster healing and recovery times
  • Less bleeding during the surgical procedure
  • Shorter more precise surgeries
  • Shorter anesthetic times
  • Less scarring

The Procedure

In general, laparoscopic procedures require the patient to be under general anesthesia. Once the abdomen is shaved and surgically prepped, 1-2 small incisions are made in the abdominal wall to insert ports (5 - 15 mm each). These ports act as access points into the abdomen for surgical instruments and other equipment required to perform the surgical procedure. 

Once the ports have been placed, the abdomen is insufflated with sterile carbon dioxide (CO2) to elevate the abdominal wall away from internal organs and thus creating a working and viewing space for the surgeon. A fiber-optic cable system connected to a light source is inserted through one of the corresponding ports to allow excellent visualization and magnification of the surgical field.

Crestwood Veterinary Centre is pleased to offer a laparoscopic approach for the following procedures:

  • Ovariectomies (spays)
  • Gastropexies (stomach tack to prevent stomach torsion)
  • Cryptorchid Neuter
  • Organ biopsies for liver, kidney, and gastroenteric disease
  • Laparoscopic-assisted bladder stone removal
  • In general, most abdominal surgeries can be performed laparoscopically

For further information regarding laparscopy, please consult one of our trained veterinary professionals.


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