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Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen magnifies internal structures of the abdomen on a TV monitor for thorough examination. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy.
A camera and electocautery are used to locate and remove the ovaries (and sometimes the uterus) from outside the body. When performing a laparoscopic spay, the procedure is done through two or three small incisions in the abdomen, typically 3/16” (less than half a centimeter) in size depending on the size of the animal. With the laparoscope we are able to perform the surgery with magnified views of the organs, allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. With laparoscopic spays we are able to offer our patients up to 65% less pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than with traditional spays.
Laproscopy can be utilized for other medical conditions as well. Some deep chested animals are at risk for developing Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV or Gastric Torsion). This is when the stomach becomes so distended or bloated with gas that the stomach will twist along the long axis causing complete or partial obstruction of the GI tract.
This life threatening condition can be prevented. We can attach the stomach to the abdominal wall therefore eliminating the stomach's ability to torse.
This procedure is called a laproscopic gastropexy and can be performed anytime or at the same time as a laproscopic overio(hyster)ectomy.
Your Veterinarian can help you to determine if your dog might be at risk and can benefit from this specialized procedure.
Pictured above is Dr. Lorne Carroll performing a laparoscopic spay.