Laparoscopy at Riverside Small Animal Hospital

What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall magnifies the internal structures on a medical grade monitor. Surgical instrumentation is introduced through a working channel in the laparoscope, to allow surgical procedures to be carried out. Laparoscopy has been adopted as a surgical technique which reduces surgical trauma, is more precise and has significantly reduced recovery time when compared to traditional open surgeries.

Dr. Matt Nicol of Riverside Small Animal Hospital has written these leaflets that explain the uses and benefits of Laparoscopy in more detail

A Laparoscope is a rigid operating endoscope. Basically a camera system which can be introduced into the abdomen though a ‘key-hole’ incision to allow us to inspect the internal organs without the need for a large incision. Our laparoscope also has a working channel to allow us to introduce surgical instruments through the same opening so that we can carry out minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as Spays, bladder surgery, biopsies, retained testicle removal, gastropexy (stitching stomach to body wall to prevent torsion).

The main advantages of laparoscopy are reduced post operative discomfort and more rapid recovery from surgery

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