General Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy involves the use of a fibre optic telescope and camera to visualize areas within our patients. Although typically used for abdominal procedures such as a spay, we may also use it to visualize the nasal cavity and ears (otoscopy). This technology is relatively new to veterinary medicine, however, it is used when possible in human medicine to eliminate the need for more invasive surgery.  Our team of veterinarians, led by Dr. Natasha Nofal, has made the commitment to this technology as we feel that laparoscopy offers benefits in a number of situations to prevent or manage illness in our patients.

Examples of procedures that can now be performed laparoscopically (or with laparoscopic assistance) are: 

  • Spay
  • Cryptorchid neuters (abdominally retained testicles) 
  • Gastropexies (stomach tacking)
  • Cystotomies (for removal of bladder stones) 
  • Liver biopsies
  • Small intestinal biopsies
Normal stomach and Liver.  The diaphragm is visible in the background

Normal stomach and Liver.  The diaphragm is visible in the background

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.

Normal Liver

Normal Liver

Cirrhosis of the Liver.  The liver is much smaller and pale in colour when compared to the normal healthy liver (on the left).

Cirrhosis of the Liver.  The liver is much smaller and pale in colour when compared to the normal healthy liver (on the left).