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Park West Veterinary Associates

Laparoscopic Surgery

We are dedicated to offering the most up-to-date care. One exciting technology we are proud to offer is laparoscopic surgery.

This involves performing abdominal surgery with a camera and instruments through small incisions. It allows us to perform laparoscopic ovariectomy (lap spay), lap assisted gastropexy for large and deep chested dogs, and to biopsy internal organs in a non-invasive way.

Laparoscopic ovariectomy is an alternative to traditional dog spay methods. By using our minimally invasive laparoscopic equipment we are able to access the internal organs much more easily and with better visualization. This means we can evaluate organs and bleeding much more effectively than with an open surgery. We are able to cut and seal the blood vessels and deliver a much less painful experience. The decreased pain, better visualization, and small incisions come together to offer a more comfortable surgery for your pets and most importantly, a faster recovery time so they can get on their feet quicker.

Large breed dogs are more prone to a life-threatening emergency called GDV (Gastric dilatation and volvulus) which is when their stomach fills with gas and flips over. Performing a stomach tack, or gastropexy, surgically affixes the stomach to the body wall which helps to prevent this condition. With a lap-assisted gastropexy, we can perform an incisional gastropexy with much smaller and less-invasive incisions. Both male and female dogs can benefit from this procedure.

Using minimally invasive methods, we are able to safely obtain internal biopsy samples to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Normal biopsy methods involve full abdominal surgery, but using our laparoscopic equipment we can evaluate and obtain samples from internal organs with a much easier recovery for your pet.