Laparoscopic surgery now available at Eglinton Vet

Eglinton Veterinary Facilities is proud to announce the introduction of laparoscopic and otoscopic procedures to our hospital! Laparoscopy allows us to improve various surgical procedures already offered in our hospital, by making them minimally invasive and less painful. We are now one of only a few veterinary hospitals with this expertise in the Greater Toronto Area, and one of only a handful in Ontario. 

Some of the laparoscopic procedures now being offered include: spays, gastropexies (preventative 'tacking' of the stomach to prevent Gastric Dilation Volvulus, often referred to as "bloat"), liver biopsies and intestinal biopsies. 

Laparoscopic spays are minimally invasive in that one small 11mm incision is made to allow introduction of a small camera into the abdomen. Using this camera and small intruments, we can cauterize tissue and blood vessels prior to cutting them. This cautery seals blood vessels and nerves, which leads to decreased pain. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that laparoscopic spays are associated with up to 65% less pain than traditional spays. In addition to being less painful, laparoscopic spays also offer the advantage of a much faster recovery time (often back to the park in 2-3 days), and no need for an overnight hospital stay (now a day surgery) or Elizabethan collar (thank goodness!).

In larger dogs we are also able to perform prophylactic gastropexies ('stomach tacking'), commonly done at the same time as a spay or neuter. This procedure is highly recommended in certain breeds of dogs to prevent an often deadly emergency called Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or "Bloat". Prophylactic gastropexies have been advocated for many years but are rarely done due to technical difficulty and the invasiveness of the procedure. A laparoscopic gastropexy offers a minimally invasive, practical solution to prevent this devastating disease.

Please ask our staff for more information on our laproscopic procedures today!