Minimally invasive surgery embraces a variety of surgical procedures utilizing an endoscope. This is a small ‘telescope” which is inserted into the body through a very small incision, usually no larger than 1-2 centimeters long. The surgeon then attaches a small video camera which allows visualization of the interior of the area of the body being examined. A wide variety of procedures can then be performed through incisions which are much smaller than those used in traditional “open” surgery. This results in much less trauma to tissues, reducing post-operative pain and stress to the patient. Another advantage of endoscopic surgery is that the surgeon can actually visualize interior organs and structures much better than with open surgery. Procedures commonly performed in this manner include:
- Laparoscopy-surgical procedures in the abdomen. Spays, biopsies and intestinal surgery are just a few examples. A procedure that has been made drastically less traumatic to the patient is preventative Gastropexy. This is a surgery recommended to help prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (“GDV”); commonly known as bloat, in dog breeds that are prone to bloat.
- Thoracoscopy-surgical procedures in the chest cavity.
- Arthroscopy-surgical procedures in the joints. Pets that have minimally invasive joint surgery usually return to normal function much more quickly than with traditional surgery.
- Rhinoscopy-surgery in the nasal cavity. Prior to endoscopy procedures in this area usually involved cutting through the bone of the patient’s muzzle.
- Otoscopy-surgery in the ear canal. This is such a small space that before endoscopic surgery was developed, surgery in this area was very time consuming, traumatic and led to significant post-operative pain.
These are just a few examples of surgeries that can be performed utilizing this modern technology. If you have question about these procedures or other procedures, or want to know what might be appropriate for your pet, please call Broadway Veterinary Clinic.