A Better Way Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique used to view inside the abdomen. A laparoscope (tiny camera) is inserted through a small incision site and used to magnify the internal view of the abdomen onto a TV monitor. This allows the veterinarian to do a more thorough abdominal examination while creating a much smaller incision site. Traditional abdominal exploratory surgery (Laparotomy) requires extensive incisions. With a laparoscope, most incisions are less than an inch in length.
With a laparoscope, surgery can be performed by using very thin, specially designed instruments through the same tiny incisions. This minimizes tissue trauma, decreases pain, and speeds patient recovery. Laparoscopic surgery is used for many different surgical procedures including dog spay, cat spay, biopsy, gallbladder removal, and abdominal exploratory surgery. In veterinary medicine, laparoscopic surgery is most commonly used for dog spays.