Offers reduced pain and recovery time.
At Animal Hospital of Howard, we offer our patients a number of surgical procedures including laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgery and comes with a smaller incision site and less post-op pain.
Laparoscopic surgery is sometimes referred to as “keyhole surgery” because the entire procedure is performed through an incision about the size of a keyhole. From there, a miniature camera is inserted through the incision, allowing the surgeon to guide their tools and see the pet’s internal organs in real time.
The following procedures can be performed via laparoscopy:
- Spays and neuters
- Liver biopsies
- Intestinal biopsies
- Bladder stone removal surgery
- Stomach tacking surgery
- Arthroscopic surgery
When compared to traditional surgery, laparoscopies are less invasive and come with multiple benefits. Because they require only small incisions, both pain and recovery time are significantly reduced. Pets that undergo laparoscopic surgery tend to need less post-op pain medication than those who undergo open surgery and their risk of infection is lowered.
Though not all surgeries can be performed via laparoscopy, we always encourage laparoscopic procedures when appropriate.
If your pet requires surgery, call us at (920) 434-1010 to discuss whether they may be a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery.