Better Living Through Laparoscopic Pet Surgeries

laparoscopic surgery Those of you who know us at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital know that we have your pet’s best interest at heart. We are always searching for ways to bring the best medicine and the best care to your precious cargo. Laparoscopic pet surgeries allow us to provide the best in surgical care and optimal outcomes for our patients.

You Want to Put What in Where?

Laparoscopic procedures have been utilized in human medicine for several decades now and are the standard of care for many surgeries. This technique has (somewhat) recently crossed over into veterinary medicine, and we think it’s an amazing option for many types of procedures.

During a laparoscopic surgery, a small incision is made into the body, allowing us to insert a small camera (laparoscope) into the abdominal cavity. The abdomen is then filled with air to allow better visualization. One or two additional small (about 1 cm) incisions are also made to introduce surgical instruments. The surgeon can then view everything on a monitor and complete a wide variety of procedures without any additional trauma.

Many surgeries can be done using this method, including:

  • Spay
  • Cryptorchid neuter
  • Prophylactic gastropexy (stomach tacking)
  • Abdominal organ biopsy

Better Living Through Laparoscopic Pet Surgeries

Sure, laparoscopic surgery is a neat option, but why would you choose it for your own pet? The extra surgical training and equipment is not without an additional cost from your pocket. We believe there are many reasons that laparoscopy, when appropriate, is the better choice, and which translate directly to better patient care and happier pets.

Benefits of laparoscopic surgery:

  • Decreased postoperative pain (we know in people that laparoscopic procedures hurt less than traditional surgeries)
  • Faster healing due to smaller incisions
  • Better visualization for the surgeon, which results in better outcomes
  • Less risk of bleeding due to better visualization
  • Decreased anesthetic risk due to shorter surgery times

A less risky procedure with less pain and a faster recovery – what’s not to like? At Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to be able to offer this cutting edge technique to our pet patients. Offering laparoscopic pet surgeries is just one more way we are working to bring the best medicine to you and your furry family.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to know if laparoscopy is an option for your pet.