Laparoscopy allows veterinarians to visualize the organs of the abdomen, and perform certain surgical procedures with precision. The procedure is minimally invasive, as it is safer and less damaging to the surrounding soft tissues than traditional surgery.
Laparoscopy involves making one larger incision, and a few very small incisions of about 1 mm. in size in the abdomen, so a needle-sized instrument affixed with a camera can enter the abdominal cavity during surgery. The abdomen will also be inflated with carbon dioxide so that the instrument can more easily mobilize inside of the body, and view the areas of examination.
The camera will project high-definition images of the surgical procedure onto a screen in the operating room. Specialized surgical instruments wil long handles are used by the surgical team to perform the operation, using the visual information provided by the camera. This allows for much smaller incisions to be made.
Because of the smaller incisions, the recovery time and pain experienced by the patient is dramatically decreased. For example, following a typical spay surgery, veterinarians typically recommend 10-14 days for the female to recover. Following a laparoscopic spay surgery (an ovariectomy), the patient will begin to behave as normal after approximately 3 days.
In human surgery, laparoscopy is considered a “gold standard” for many procedures. Veterinary surgery is beginning to catch up to this innovative technology. We are proud to offer the cutting edge of laparoscopic surgery to our clients at Broadway Veterinary Clinic.
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