Mountain View Veterinary Clinic

120 North 17th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Now Available:  Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery!
Offering your Pet up to 65% Less Pain

What is Laparoscopy? 
     Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen.  Instead of a large surgical opening, a laparoscope (camera) is inserted through a small incision and the internal structures of the abdomen are viewed greatly magnified on a TV monitor.  Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments.   A variety of surgical procedures can be performed using laparoscopic techniques including, spays, organ biopsies, gastropexy (stomach surgery), feeding tube placement, and even cystotomies (bladder surgery). 

How is a Laparoscopic Spay different than a Traditional Spay?
     In a tradional spay a 2 " to 3" or larger incision is made in the abdomen through which the ovarian ligament is blindly torn from the abdominal wall.  This tearing may cause bruising and postoperative pain.  Traditional spays require significant tension on the ovaries and uterus which may cause trauma and bleeding.  When performing a laparoscopic spay, the procedure is done through two tiny incisions in the abdomen, typically 3/16" in size.  The procedure is perfomed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision.  The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn.  Laparoscopic spays offer patients up to 65% less pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than tradtional spays.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays over Tradtional Surgery
  • A recent study published in the Journal of the AVMA concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional surgical spay.
  • The entire surgery is performed through two tiny incision rather than a larger andominal opening.  Smaller incisions = less pain & faster recoveries.
  • Usually performed as an outpatient procedure--no overnight hospital stays
  • Laparoscopy allows for better visualization of abdominal organs.
  • Controlled incisions reduce pain and bruising caused by the tearing of tissue ligaments associated with tradtional spays.
  • In larger breeds gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.
Other procedures we can perform using minimally invasive techniques
  • Gastropexy:  This is a life saving procedure used to prevent gastric torsion in large breed dogs
  • Organ Biopsy:  Liver, kidney or pancreatic biopsies are easily obtained using laparoscopic instruments.
  • Video Otoscopy:  Using an even smaller camera we can examine the deep recesses of the external ear canal and view ear problems in amazing detail.
  • Video Rhinoscopy:  Narrow nasal passages can also be viewed and examined with a small scope.  Nasal biopsies can be performed, foreign bodies removed, and samples obtained for culture and cytology. 
  • Cystoscopy:  Direct visualization of the inside of the bladder is possible in female dogs. 
  • Vaginoscopy:  The diagnosis of reproductive disorders and breeding problems can be greatly facilitated by direct visualization.
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