Laparoscopic Surgery

Cayuga Veterinary Services is one of the very few veterinary hospitals in Central New York that offers laparoscopic surgery. This cutting edge surgical technique requires extensive training and equipment but offers the best possible option for many patients.

What is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5 – 1.5 cm) as opposed to the larger incisions needed in traditional surgery.  A rigid laparoscope is attached to a camera and light source and inserted to view the operative field.  The abdomen is insufflated (blown up like a balloon) with carbon dioxide gas, elevating the abdominal wall above the internal organs to create a working and viewing space.  Carbon dioxide is used because it is non-flammable, and since it is common to mammals it can be absorbed by tissue and removed by the respiratory system.  

Why Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery has the following advantages to traditional surgery:

  • Decreased pain
  • Smaller incisions
  • Decreased hemorrhaging
  • Shorter recovery time.

What Can Be Done with Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is used in a variety of soft tissue, abdominal surgeries.   It has many applications and is effective in several procedures such as:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay) Learn more.
  • Gastropexy (preventative surgery for “bloat”)
  • Organ Biopsies
  • Removal of Retained Testicles
  • Bladder Stone Removal

The scope can also be utilized for non-surgical diagnostic visualization of the:

  •  Sinus Canal (Rhinoscopy)
  • Ear Canal (Otoscopy)
  • Urethra (Urethroscopy)

The veterinary team at Cayuga Veterinary Services is excited to offer this less invasive technique!  Please contact us if you should have any questions or would like to schedule a laparoscopic procedure.