Although the name sounds fancy, the procedure is actually much more minimally invasive than you would think. The name comes from “laparoscope”, a slender tool with a tiny video camera and light attached to the end. This procedure allows the veterinarian to look at a video monitor and see what's happening inside the body.
What is laparoscopy used for?
The less invasive procedure is used for various treatments such as biopsies, removal of tumour, mass, or bladder stones, stomach tacking to prevent bloating in larger breed dogs, and many more. Laparoscopies can also be used for traditional spay and neuter procedures.
Is laparoscopy safe?
Yes! Laparoscopic surgery is increasingly being used in veterinary medicine due to the following benefits:
- Smaller incision site
- Less postoperative pain
- Reduced need for pain medication
- Quicker recovery time
What is the difference between surgery and laparoscopy?
The main difference between the two is that normal surgery requires a single incision, multiple inches long if not more, to access the abdomen, whereas laparoscopy uses several incisions that are one-quarter or less in size.