Minimally Invasive Surgery
Veterinary surgery can be traumatic for both patient and pet owner. To reduce the pain associated with surgery and decrease recovery time, Lucerne Veterinary Hospital performs minimally invasive surgical procedures. Ours is one of a few animal hospitals in Maine offering this surgical option for your dogs and cats.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopy and arthroscopy are forms of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). These surgical procedures are performed with an operating camera and instruments inserted through small incisions in the body.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures are numerous:
- Less pain—Smaller incisions damage less tissue and, therefore, hurt less
- Faster recovery time—These smaller incisions heal faster
- Fewer complications—With smaller incisions and less tissue damage, patients are less likely to develop hernias or infections
These benefits are especially important for younger or more active pets, as well as patients with complex medical issues.
Only a few veterinary hospitals in Maine offer MIS. Dr. Miles has been performing these types of surgeries since 2000.
Laparoscopy is a type of MIS procedure involving the abdominal organs. Common laparoscopy procedures we perform include:
- Biopsy collection—Performed on the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and bowel in lieu of open abdominal exploratory.
- Gastropexy—Prevents the rotation of the stomach that occurs with gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), a condition of large and giant breed dogs, in which the stomach bloats, and then twists on itself. Using laparoscopic techniques, the stomach is attached to the body wall to prevent it from rotating. For more about gastropexy and preventing GDV, we recommend this article from DVM magazine.
- Cryptorchid castration—When a dog’s testicles do not descend into the scrotum normally and remain in the abdomen, the animal is more prone to testicular cancer; laparoscopic castration involves only two small incisions to remove cryptorchid testicles, avoiding the traditional 4- to 8-inch surgical incision.
Arthroscopy is a MIS procedure, using a camera and instruments inserted into a joint for diagnostics and treatment of joint conditions. Common arthroscopic procedures we perform include diagnosis and treatment of:
- Elbow dysplasia due to fragmented coronoid process (FCP) or osteochondrosis dissicans (OCD)
- Stifle problems, such as cruciate ligament tear or meniscus tear
- Shoulder OCD
- Biceps tendonitis
Contact the hospital to schedule an appointment for your pet or to discuss the need for one of our minimally invasive procedures.