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Laparoscopy is the evaluation of the abdominal cavity with the aid of a rigid endoscope. Retrieval of biopsies and treatment of many abdominal conditions can be accomplished via laparoscopy and results in earlier return to activity because of reduced pain. Laparoscopic procedures are accomplished through several small incisions rather than a large single incision and allow for excellent magnification and illumination of the abdominal structures. Liver biopsy acquisition is the single most commonly performed procedure at IVS by either Dr. Krebs or Dr. Gavin Olsen and allows patients to return home the same day as surgery in many cases. In addition, Dr. Krebs has advanced training in minimally invasive techniques and has performed laparoscopic gall bladder and adrenal tumor removal, splenectomy, cryptorchid castration, and ovariectomy. A laparoscopic approach can also be combined with a limited incision to complete procedures such as urinary bladder stone retrieval, laparoscopy assisted gastropexies to prevent gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), and laparoscopically assisted intestinal biopsies to decrease incisional pain and to speed recovery.

The application of minimally invasive abdominal surgery is rapidly growing in veterinary medicine and Dr. Krebs has a passion and special interest in this field. Do not hesitate to ask if a procedure needed for your dog or cat can be performed via laparoscopy or contact us if you have any other questions about minimally invasive surgery at IVS and its benefit to your pet.

          Laparoscopic adrenaectomy                         Laparoscopic view of gallbladder

Surgical procedures of the abdomen that can be performed minimally invasively:

  • Gallbladder removal – gall bladder stones and mucocele
  • Small liver mass removal
  • Splenectomy for small splenic masses
  • Adrenal mass removal
  • Urinary bladder stone removal
  • Organ biopsies
  • Liver, lymph nodes, pancreas, spleen, intestine, kidneys, urinary bladder
  • Cryptorchid testicle castration
  • Ovariectomy, ovariohysterectomy
  • Single intestinal foreign body removal
  • Prophylactic gastropexy to prevent GDV
  • Intestinal feeding tube placement
  • Kidney removal
  • Portosystemic shunt treatment

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