What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic Surgery is a minimally invasive modern surgical technique offered as an alternative to traditional surgery for certain procedures. Common laparascopic procedures include:
- Ovarianhysterectomy (spay)
- Biopsy tissue samples
- Exploratory surgery
- Foreign body removal
- Cancer staging
- Cryptorchid castration (removal of retained testicals)
Laparoscopic / Minimally-Invasive Spay
Until recently, the traditional method of spaying a female dog was an open abdominal spay. This procedure involves a lengthy incision that is needed to remove both the ovaries and the uterus. A laparoscopic spay, however, is a minimally invasive technique where 2-3 small incisions are used to remove only the ovaries, leaving he uterus intact. 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 significant pain reduction, minimal recovery time and less trauma than with traditional spays. The laparoscopic procedure costs an additional $200 over the conventional spay and typically takes longer than a traditional spay, but its many advantages may make it the ideal option for your pet. Our staff will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each type of procedure so you can decide what's right for your pet.