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.
In cases of larger breed , deep chested dogs gastropexy can be performed, alone or at the time of the laparoscopic spay, to prevent life-threatening gastric torsion (bloat).
A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Association concluded that laparoscopic surgery diminishes surgical stress, reduces the risk of hemorrhage and reduces postoperative pain and recovery time by up to 65%. By incorporating the same techniques seen in human medicine laparoscopic surgery allows you to give your pet the same care you would expect for yourself.