Laparoscopic, or "minimally invasive surgery is a specialized way of performing surgery, typically within the abdomen. Although this type of surgery has long been the standard of care in human medicine - it has only recently been adopted by the veterinarian field. With traditional, or "open" surgical techniques, one large incision is made to gain access to the abdomen whereas utilizing the laparoscopic techniques all that is required are a few small (0.5cm - 1.0cm) incisions.
Smaller incisions generally mean less pain and much quicker recovery time for our faithful friends. Following a traditional abdominal surgical procedure - such as a spay- 10 to 14 days of restricted activity is recommended. Following a Laparoscopic spay dogs are back to their normal activity within 3 days.
Laparoscopic surgery diminishes pain, reduces the risk of hemorrhage and speeds recovery time by up to 65%.