Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique now being offered at Russell Ridge Animal Hospital. This service is available to clients of all GVA hospitals with our inter-hospital referral program. Utilizing video equipment and small specialized instruments, many abdominal and thoracic (chest) surgeries can be performed through incisions less than 1 cm in length. This minimally invasive method allows for better visualization of structures and organs for the surgeon, which can decrease anesthesia time and risk of bleeding or infection. It also reduces post-operative pain and allows our patients to get back on their feet more quickly.

Our equipment also allows us to perform advanced diagnostic procedures, such as:

  • Arthroscopy - evaluation and treatment of disease inside joints

  • Rhinoscopy - visualization and sampling of tissues deep within the nasal passages

  • Endoscopy - exploration of the proximal intestinal tract (esophagus and stomach), diagnostic sampling, and sometimes removal of foreign bodies

  • Otoscopy - visualization of ear canals, tympanum (ear drum), ear polyps

Common laparoscopic procedures include:

  • Spay (ovariectomy)

  • Gastropexy (stomach tacking) - recommended for many large breed dogs

  • Intestinal biopsies

  • Liver biopsies

  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

  • Exploratory laparoscopy (exploration of the abdomen)

Do you think your pet may benefit from a minimally invasive procedure or evaluation? Give us a call today! You can also read more about a variety of laparoscopic procedures at