What a laparoscopy or keyhole surgery?

A keyhole surgery involves making small incisions about the size of a dime. This allows us to insert small cameras to look inside the dog, providing better magnification and smaller incisions.

Dr. Shane Pedersen
Westside Family Pet Clinic

What are some differences between traditional surgery and keyhole surgeries?

The most significant difference is the size of our incisions, which are much smaller in keyhole surgeries. This results in less pain for the dogs. The magnification from the cameras also gives us a better view inside the animal. Additionally, our instruments are longer, helping us reach difficult spots without opening the skin widely.

Can you elaborate on the cost comparison between a laparoscopic surgery and a traditional surgery?

While there are added costs due to the advanced technology involved, it's a worthy investment as it significantly enhances the success of our surgeries.

Why would you recommend a laparoscopic spay over a traditional spay?

The incisions made during a laparoscopic spay are much smaller, leading to less pain. A study by the AVMA reported that laparoscopic spays are 65% less painful than traditional spays. Moreover, there's minimal blood loss, and we can inspect the entire abdomen easily, something that's often overlooked during traditional spays.

What else can be done using your laparoscopic tools?

We're still discovering new uses, but one significant benefit is during exploratory procedures. If we're unsure of an issue in the abdomen, these tools allow us to inspect it easily and cause less stress to very sick animals. We can also take biopsies, remove spleens, and eliminate unwanted tumors with minimal blood loss.

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