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 surgery and endoscopic procedures for pets means greater comfort, fewer risks and shorter recovery time for your pet. These procedures are often referred to as Minimally Invasive Surgery/Procedures.
Laparoscopic surgery 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 areas of concern. The tube features a tiny camera on the end that gives our veterinarians the information about and specific tissue samples from diseased sites to make a precise diagnosis and recommendations for additional treatment.
We perform laparoscopic surgery using specialized instruments that allow for the surgical procedure to be performed without lengthy incisions and excessive trauma to the patient. Common laparoscopic procedures include spaying of female pets, preventing Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) by tacking the stomach to the body wall to prevent the stomach from twisting (gastropexy), and biopsies of abdominal organs.
What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery/Procedures for Pets?
When used appropriately, there are numerous benefits associated with laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures:
- Minimally invasive procedures mean fewer risks for your pet. These include less anesthesia time, less risk for intra-operative bleeding, and less trauma to the patient
- Reduced pain and recovery time after the procedure to get your pet back to normal lifestyle faster
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. We can also use endoscopy to remove some foreign objects swallowed by your pet if removal with the endoscope is deemed safe. Although laparoscopy is primarily used on the female reproductive tract and/or to perform a gastropexy, the surgery is also useful to obtain a biopsy of the external surface abdominal organs or tumors.