Pet Medical Center is pleased to make laparoscopic surgery available to our clients. While today many human surgeries are performed laparoscopically, this is a newer innovation in pet surgery. Here at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak, laparoscopic surgery’s primary application is in spaying female pets, but it also is used for internal biopsies, removing urinary stones, and gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) prevention.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is an operation that is performed through small incisions with the aid of a high definition camera and telescope. Since smaller incisions are required for the technique, it is sometimes referred to as “keyhole” surgery. Smaller incisions mean less tissue trauma, greatly reducing pain and speeding recovery. In the case of abdominal surgeries, the entire surgery can be performed through two or three tiny incisions, rather than a large abdominal opening.
Laparoscopic Surgery Provides Profound Benefits
- Less pain—Less tearing and bruising, especially in the case of spay procedures. Estimated to be 65% less painful than traditional spays.
- Improved visibility for the surgeon—Camera magnified views of the organs allow for greater surgical precision.
- Faster recovery—Studies show that pets are 70% more active in the first three days after surgery compared to traditional surgery.
- No need for external stitches or irritating protective cones.
- Faster surgical time and your pet can go home the same day—A shorter procedure and having your pet home the same day reduces stress and anxiety for both pet and owner.
- Superior method of confirming diagnosis for ailing pets—This less invasive method is especially better suited for pets already frail from cancer or other diseases.
Laparoscopic Surgery and Spays
In addition to being a more humane choice, when laparoscopic methods are used in a spay surgery, only the ovaries are removed. The uterus is left intact. This has been the procedure of choice for decades in Europe and retains most of the health promoting benefits derived from spaying.
Any surgery is a stressful situation, and we know that you want the best possible experience for your pet. Call us to discuss laparoscopic surgery, particularly if you are considering spaying your female cat or dog.
Veterinary Laser Surgery
Pet Medical Center is pleased to provide an alternative to traditional veterinary surgery. At Pet Medical Center’s Chatoak location, our patients have been experiencing the benefits of laser surgery for more than 10 years. The CO2 laser is very useful for a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries, especially growth removals; cyst removals; surgery on the ears, mouth, throat, and nose; and cancer surgery.Your pet will experience profound benefits from laser surgery. More precise than a scalpel, the laser reduces bleeding and bruising with the end result being a faster, less stressful and less painful recovery from surgery.
- Reduced pain—The CO2 laser seals nerve endings as it makes an incision. Your pet feels less pain after surgery.
- Less bleeding—When an incision is made, the laser seals blood vessels that are up to 1 mm in diameter. This means reduced blood loss for your pet and improved visibility for the surgeon.
- Reduced swelling—Lymphatic vessels are sealed. There is less tissue damage because there is no physical contact between the laser instrument and the surgical area.
- Greater precision—A highly focused beam of light energy cuts through tissue very precisely by vaporizing cells along the incision but causing minimal damage to adjacent healthy tissue.
- Reduced infection—The laser effectively sterilizes the surgical area by killing the organisms that cause infection.
Dr. Morshead, Dr. Belding and Dr. Binder are very experienced with laser surgery. They would be happy to discuss with you whether laser surgery is appropriate for your pet’s surgical needs.