Our Hunt Valley animal surgery team provides laparoscopic surgery. This means that instead of making a long incision to do an abdominal pet surgery, we make two or three very small incisions of no more than a centimeter. Then we insert a tiny camera attached to a long rod into the surgical area. This camera displays a sharp, magnified image of the surgical area onto a television screen. This is an even better image than we would be able to see with our own eyes and a large, open incision.
There are several advantages to minimally invasive dog surgery and cat surgery. Because the incisions are so small, they cause less pain and heal faster. It is also easier for pet owners to keep the smaller surgical wounds clean at home than the bigger ones. This leads to fewer post-surgical complications such as infections. Laparoscopic pet surgery also disturbs fewer of your pet’s internal organs and structures to accomplish the same surgical goals. That means there are fewer complications during surgery, again, leading to faster recovery time for your pet.
We offer many types of laparoscopic animal surgery procedures, including minimally-invasive spay and neuter surgeries. For years, most spay surgeries involved removing both the ovaries and the uterus. This often came with risks such as endometritis, pyometra and urinary incontinence. Our procedure removes only the ovaries, greatly reducing the risks involved, as well as shortening the healing time. In fact, to reduce the need for more surgeries in large breed dogs later on, we can also perform a gastropexy at the same time as a spay surgery. This procedure attaches the dog’s stomach to the abdominal wall to prevent twisting that could lead to deadly intestinal blockages.
The benefits of smaller incisions and fewer disturbances to other tissues also extend to other types of surgery as well. We also use minimally-invasive techniques for soft-palate surgeries that help short-nosed dogs breathe better.
Call us at (410) 527-0800 for more information about our minimally-invasive surgeries for pets.
Laparoscopy may be the answer for your pet's surgery needs
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Everyone here is so~ nice & so professional! Dr. Frank thoroughly explained the entire surgery he was going to perform on our sweet boy, KASH ! He was so caring & dedicated & got him in the very next morning! I am beyond happy & so excited for our pup to be able to live a much better quality of life! I cant Thank Dr. Frank & his amazing staff enough!!! How accommodating & nice EVERYONE was to us !!!