Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions, as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery belongs to the broader field of endoscopy.
The key element in laparoscopic surgery is the use of a laparoscope - a telescopic rod lens system that is usually connected to a video camera. Also attached is a fiber optic cable system connected to a cold light source (halogen or xenon), to illuminate the operative field, inserted through a cannula or Trocar to view the operative field.
In veterinary medicine, laparoscopic surgery is used for several procedures. Until recently, the traditional method of spaying females has been to remove the entire reproductive tract (ovaries and uterus) through a large incision in the abdomen. Although this has been the recognized surgical method for many years, an alternative, much less invasive procedure has become available through the use of a laparoscope. Our hospital offers this new and advanced, minimally-invasive surgery as an alternative to the traditional spay procedure. These techniques often provide a quick and relatively non-invasive means of obtaining answers that would otherwise require major surgery or expensive diagnostic testing.
There are a number of advantages to laparoscopic surgery versus the traditional open procedure.
•Shortened anesthesia time
•Reduced blood loss
•Smaller incision, which reduces pain and shortens recovery time
•Less pain, leading to less pain medication needed
•Faster recovery time
•Reduced exposure of internal organs to possible external contaminants, thereby reduced risk of acquiring infections
ABC Veterinary Hospital
We are a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in San Marcos, California. The professional and courteous staff at ABC Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients.
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