Veterinary Laparoscopy for Minimally Invasive Procedures

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Veterinarians performing laparoscopy

Veterinary laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, used to view the organs inside your pet’s abdomen and to perform specific surgical procedures. Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic offers this versatile technology at our affiliate practice, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital. This service is available to our current patients and veterinary referrals.

Laparoscopy can be used as a diagnostic tool or in biopsy sample collection. Surgical uses include preventative gastroplexy, exploratory surgeries, and routine procedures such as spay and neuter surgery.

How Laparoscopy Works

A laparoscopy is performed when a rigid endoscope is inserted through a small incision. This allows direct visual examination of the abdominal cavity without the trauma associated with general surgery and anesthesia. It is relatively safe for the patient due to minimal soft tissue trauma and a more rapid and comfortable recovery. Laparoscopy is often advantageous for a seriously ill or senior pet, as time spent under anesthesia can be dramatically reduced.


Common laparoscopic procedures performed at at Carriage Hills include the following:

  • Gastroplexy—The patient’s stomach is permanently secured to the abdominal wall, preventing abnormal rotation. Gastric-dilatation and volvulus (GDV), or bloat, is a life-threatening problem for large, deep-chested dogs. As a preventive, we may recommend a procedure called prophylactic gastropexy for dogs predisposed to GDV.
  • Ovariectomy—The patient’s ovaries are surgically removed while the uterus remains intact. A spay is a relatively simple surgical procedure where both the ovaries and uterus are removed.
  • Diagnostic biopsies—Removal of tissue from organs or masses to test for cancer. Biopsies are performed on the pancreas, liver, kidney, bladder, and intestines.

Our veterinarian, Dr. Griffin has a special interest and advanced training in performing these minimally invasive procedures. Learn more about laparoscopy or contact our clinic to discuss minimally invasive surgery for your pet.