Advances in human diagnostics and surgery have entered the arena of veterinary medicine as well. Two of those techniques, endoscopy and laparoscopy, have changed the way veterinarians perform a wide range of procedures and surgical treatment. The less invasive nature of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery for pets means greater comfort, fewer risks and shorter recovery time for your pet.
Laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are both available at Pharr Road Animal Hospital so that we can provide pet owners with even more options in the medical care of their four-legged family members.
What Is Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery?
Endoscopy is a diagnostic tool we use to detect a variety of internal concerns without resorting to open exploratory surgery. The procedure involves the insertion of a small flexible tube into an opening like the mouth, ear or anus. The tube features a tiny camera on the end that gives our veterinarians the information and tissue samples necessary to make a precise diagnosis and recommendations for additional treatment.
We perform laparoscopic surgery using specialized instruments that allow for the correction to be performed without lengthy incisions and excessive trauma to the skin and surrounding tissue. Common laparoscopic procedures include spaying of female pets, biopsies of abdominal organs and stomach tacking to prevent stomach twisting.
What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pets?
When used appropriately, there are numerous benefits associated with laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures:
- Minimally invasive procedures mean fewer risks for your pet
- Reduced pain and recovery time after the procedure
- Ability to perform similar functions previously done through invasive surgery
We do use anesthesia when performing these procedures to ensure your pet remains comfortable throughout. We follow AAHA protocol when administering anesthesia for the safety of all our animals.
What Can Veterinary Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Treat?
Endoscopes can be used to view the internal lining of the organs, with the ability to remove a sample of the tissue for a biopsy if necessary. The procedure can be performed on nearly any area of your pet’s body. Although laparoscopy is primarily used to treat abdominal conditions, the surgery is also useful for addressing female organs and the urinary tract when necessary.