Minimally Invasive Diagnostics & Surgery for Alabama Pets

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Veterinarians performing minimally invasive surgery

Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic offers our patients the option of minimally invasive surgery and diagnostics. These procedures are performed at our sister site, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital.

Minimally Invasive Diagnostic & Surgical Procedures

Minimally invasive veterinary surgery offers a smaller incision and less damage to surrounding tissue. These patients recover quicker and experience less pain than with more conventional surgical procedures.

Diagnostic procedures and general surgeries performed for our patients include these minimally invasive technologies:

  • Endoscopy—Uses fiber optics to visualize your pet’s oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, upper small intestine and the colon, allowing biopsies and foreign objects removed in a minimally invasive manner.
  • Laparoscopy—Endoscopic surgery using rigid scopes to visualize the internal organs through a very small incision.

Laparoscopic surgeries include spays, cryptorchid neuters, gastroplexies, and some exploratory surgeries. We are also able to take biopsies with this technology and visualize areas of interest without making a large incision. These minimally invasive procedures offer rapid healing and less pain for pet patients.

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What to Expect

During our minimally invasive procedures, the patient is anesthetized and several small incisions are made in the skin. Our veterinarian passes the laparoscope, a long, thin tube with a lens on the end, through a port in one of the incisions. Images from the laparoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room. This provides the team with a clear view of the surgical area.

Surgical instruments can be inserted through ports in the other incisions to allow the veterinarian to perform surgical procedures. The small incisions result in less pain and scarring for the patient with a more rapid recovery than traditional surgical methods.

Our veterinarian Dr. Scott Griffin has a special interest and advanced training in performing these minimally invasive procedures. Contact our clinic to determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for your pet.

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