Laparoscopic Assisted Cystoscopy

Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy involves introducing a camera and instruments into the urinary bladder.  The most common reason for performing a cystotomy in veterinary medicine is to remove urinary bladder stones.  By using a cystoscope during this procedure we are able to visualize the interior of the bladder with much more precision, ensuring that we remove all of the stones.  The improved visualization also allows us to identify potential bladder tumors or abnormalities in the bladder wall that can be much more difficult to appreciate when performing a traditional cystotomy. 

X-ray showing stones in the urinary bladder (yellow arrow)

X-ray showing stones in the urinary bladder (yellow arrow)

Example of bladder stones after removal.

Example of bladder stones after removal.

In addition to increased visibility and more confidence in complete stone removal, laparoscopic assisted cystotomy also allows for a faster recovery for your pet.  The abdominal incision required is smaller in length and less painful, thereby allowing our patients to get back to their normal routines in less time.   

Urinary bladder as seen with laparoscope

Urinary bladder as seen with laparoscope

Please call or come in to ask about this innovative, non-invasive form of surgery for your pet. Our team would be happy to answer any questions or to book a consultation with one of our doctors.