Laparoscopy

Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Surgery:

Laparoscopic surgery refers to a surgical technique using two small incisions to introduce a camera and specialized instruments into the body to diagnose and/or surgically treat an animal.

Most people are aware that minimally invasive surgery is standard in human medicine.  Although it is considered the standard in human medicine, very few veterinarians offer this type of surgery due to the cost of equipment and training involved.  Here at Hillside Animal Hospital, we have been preforming Laparoscopic surgeries for over 13 years.  Laparoscopic surgery has also been called minimally invasive surgery, as it causes minimal damage to tissues, thus resulting in minimal pain post-surgery and faster recovery.

We are able to use Laparoscopic techniques for many surgeries including:

  • Laparoscopic spays
  • Bladder stone removal
  • Biopsies of the liver, kidneys, bladder, intestines, adrenal glands and spleen
  • Foreign body removal (when animals eat something they shouldn’t)
  • Gastropexy (a surgery used to permanently suture the stomach to the body wall, thereby preventing “bloat”, a deadly disease

Many new techniques are constantly being developed by Dr. Rosonke to improve on what is currently being done in this field

Laparoscopic procedures are safer for your pet. 

When using these techniques, your veterinarian is able to visualize your pet’s organs, blood vessels, and any diseased tissue under magnification on a large computer monitor.   Using traditional techniques, it is often times difficult to see the full picture of what is happening during surgery as the veterinarian is trying to look down through an elongated incision that often times has organs and other structures in the way.   Intraoperative bleeding can be difficult to notice during traditional surgery, while minimally invasive techniques not only minimize bleeding, they allow the surgeon to visualize the whole abdomen easily to look for any bleeding before closing the abdomen.

Minimally invasive techniques vastly improve pain and recovery time compared to traditional surgeries.

Minimally invasive techniques vastly improve the pain your animal feels as well as the time it takes for your animal to recover from surgery.   The American Veterinary Medical Association performed a study to find laparoscopic spays can decrease pain response in animals up to 65% compared to traditional techniques.   Imagine going back into the near past when people had their gall bladder removed by opening the whole abdomen using a 6-12” incision, then taking days in the hospital to recover.  Now fast forward to today when gall bladder is considered a quick outpatient surgery, going home the same day.  Now we have the opportunity to give our pets the same level of care and compassion.  Dr. Rosonke is a big proponent of veterinarians as a profession to move to minimally invasive techniques.   Due to the cost involved for equipment and maintenance, as well as the training involved, it has been an uphill struggle to get more veterinarians involved.

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