Keyhole surgery for your pets
Laparoscopy is commonly known as ‘keyhole’ surgery. Instead of making a large incision into the patient's abdominal wall, 2 very small "port holes" (around 1cm) are made. Cameras and other long handled narrow instruments are placed through these ports, which allows fantastic visualisation of the whole abdomen.
The surgeon can then perform procedures and take samples in a minimally invasive fashion. This has multiple advantages for recovery and wound healing.
Laparoscopy can be used for the following procedures:
A similar procedure called thoracoscopy can be used to carry out procedures inside the chest, such as making small windows in the pericardium (sac lining the heart) in cases where fluid builds up around the heart.
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