Laparoscopic surgery provides your pet with a minimally invasive surgical technique that offers a large range of benefits over traditional surgical techniques. Laparoscopic surgery requires only small “key-hole” incisions, which helps your pet recover faster after surgery, suffer less complications, and a lot less pain. Despite the advantages of this surgical method, Hilltop Animal Hospital is one of the only hospitals in the region that offers this surgical method for your pet.
Here is more information about how laparoscopic surgery can help keep your pet healthy and what kind of surgeries are performed with this method with your local Fuquay Varina veterinarian.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a state-of-the-art surgical technique using precise instrumentation for a successful surgery. We will create a small “key hole” incision into your pet’s abdomen, at which point your vet will insert a laparoscope, specialized instruments or a thin and rigid fiber-optic camera.
At Hilltop Animal Hospital we use a variety of these tools to help ensure advanced visualization of the target surgery area and obtain optimal accuracy. Laparoscopic surgery uses precision to avoid larger incisions seen in conventional surgeons, and that means less pain for your pet.
Why Minimally Invasive Surgery So Important
Laparoscopic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, which is considered the gold standard in the medical community. Hilltop Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing pets with only the best surgical care, which is why we have the experience and training necessary to utilize this method for your pet.
Not only will your pet experience less pain, but they will also need less anesthesia during the actual surgical process. Afterwards, your pet will require fewer painkillers and will recover more quickly than traditional surgical methods, which are major advantages underpinning this surgery.
What Laparoscopic Surgery Is Used For
Laparoscopic surgery is used for a variety of conditions. Here are some of the main surgical procedures that Hilltop Animal Hosptial performs:
Biopsies can be painful diagnostic procedures. However, by using laparoscopic methods, your vet can perform biopsies of the liver, kidney, pancreas, and intestines without causing the trauma seen in traditional biopsy procedures.
Bladder Stone Removal
Laparoscopic surgery for bladder stone removal is safer, more effective, and performed more quickly than traditional surgeries.
Laparoscopic Surgical Spays
When the ovaries are removed from a cat or dog, laparoscopic surgical spays are superior to traditional spays. According to a study from the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, laparoscopic spays had 65 percent less post-operative pain than traditional open surgery involving spays and overall less surgical stress. There is also less risk of infection of the uterus (pyometra) and inflammation of the lining of the uterus (endometritis).
Treating Cryptorchidism (retained testicle)
Laparoscopic surgery for cryptorchidism is highly effective. Cryptorchidism is a defect present at birth where one testicle remains inside your pet’s abdominal cavity, and never descends to the scrotum. Laparoscopic surgery requires a much smaller incision and better visualization of the target area compared to traditional open surgeries.
The laparoscopic assisted gastropexy procedure involves tacking the stomach to reduce the chance of Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV). Laparoscopic surgery is faster and features less complications.
If you need to schedule a laparoscopic surgical procedure or want to learn more about it, call Hilltop Animal Hospital today at (919) 567-9700 or visit our office at 3425 N. Main St., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526.