Less Pain, Quicker Recovery for Your Pet

blog-invasiveWe’re constantly adapting to technological advancements in today’s ever-changing healthcare industry. In this new age, as the human medical landscape continues to evolve, physicians increasingly have the ability to provide sophisticated and potentially more effective avenues of treatment. Among these newer options are robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and diagnostics, and genetic marker testing.

In veterinary medicine, we do a good job of adapting to evolving technology and learning how it can benefit your pets. Specifically, great strides have been made in the field of veterinary minimally-invasive surgery, which includes laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy.  These advanced methods allow veterinarians to explore abdominal and chest cavities, as well as joint spaces, through smaller one centimeter incisions to obtain diagnostic answers and perform life-saving procedures.

Minimally-invasive techniques allow us to consider better surgical options for pets. For example, techniques for canine and feline spays, as well as prophylactic gastropexy to prevent the stomach from fatally twisting, have been improved and are now performed by most board-certified veterinary surgeons. Some of the other effective minimally-invasive surgical procedures available to  your pet include liver biopsy, adrenal gland excision (adrenalectomy), assisted bladder stone removal (cystotomy), assisted intestinal biopsy, pericardial biopsy or resection (pericardial window), ligament evaluation, and bone spur removal (OCD).

Recent research has proven many important advantages of minimally-invasive surgery: Patients experience less postoperative pain and have a decreased chance of incisional complications. In some cases, they may be able to go home the same day depending on the procedure performed and their anesthetic recovery.  It’s important to note that all these advantages are dependent upon the skill and experience of the surgeon operating the surgical equipment.

If you’re interested in additional information about the minimally-invasive surgical alternatives available to your pet, please contact your family veterinarian or Newtown Veterinary Specialists at (203) 270-VETS (8387).