Minimally Invasive Procedures

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedureBy using minimally invasive surgery techniques and noninvasive procedures such as endoscopy, we offer our patients many benefits over traditional surgeries.

Veterinary Associates is the first veterinary hospital on Cape Cod to offer minimally invasive surgical procedures. From exploratory surgery, bladder stone removal, to prophylactic gastropexy procedures, our minimally invasive approach means much smaller incisions, faster recoveries, with a lot less pain.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) means less post-operative pain and discomfort. Studies have shown that human patients undergoing MIS procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.

MIS, which includes laparoscopic surgery, uses the latest technology. When performing MIS, the surgeon creates small, dime-sized incisions that allow the use of a miniature camera, or laparoscope, and specialized instruments to perform the procedure, so there is no need for a large, conventional incision. Smaller incisions mean less pain for our patients, along with a faster recovery.

What if you were being spayed? Doesn't your new best friend deserve a less painful spay?

Minimally InvasiveA laparoscopic ovarioectomy means your pet will have less pain, greater safety and a faster recovery. Studies show that a laparoscopic spay is up to 65% less painful than a traditional spay.

The Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays:

  • The surgery is performed through two tiny incisions the size of a dime
  • It is less painful than a traditional spay
  • It provides the surgeon a much better view
  • Potential complications are reduced
  • Your pet has a faster recovery
  • Using our advanced Ligasure Vessel Sealing System, bleeding is minimal to nonexistent
  • Gastropexy can be performed at the same time

Be sure to ask us how our advanced laparscopic procedures like this can be a less painful, faster healing alternative.

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening disorder most commonly seen in large, deep-chested dogs. The term refers to a gas-filled stomach (bloat) that twists upon itself. The exact cause is still unknown. This is probably the most serious non-traumatic conditions seen in dogs. Immediate veterinary attention is required to save the dog's life. Statistically we know that large, deep-chested breeds are more prone to GDV. These breeds include Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Weimaraners, Setters, Standard Poodles, Doberman Pinschers, and Old English Sheepdogs.

Many veterinarians are now recommending at risk breed dogs undergo a prophylactic (preventative) laparoscopic gastropexy so the dog is never at risk for the condition. Gastropexy (surgical attachment of stomach to the body wall) is the most effective means of prevention. The procedure can be performed at the time the dog is spayed or neutered, or at any other time. The laparoscopic procedure is much less invasive than traditional open surgery, with much reduced post-operative pain, bleeding, and recovery time.

Laparoscopic surgery is the cutting edge of the veterinary surgical field, and is a giant step forward from traditional "open" exploratory surgery. Usually, veterinarians perform exploratory surgery through a large incision in the abdomen in order to look inside and take biopsies. The incision is long and painful, resulting in your pet being hospitalized for days for appropriate care and pain management.

But with laparoscopic exploratory surgery the incisions are so tiny that the patient experiences far less post-operative pain and recovers faster. The procedure is considered very safe and poses no more risk than traditional surgery.

Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod is the only veterinary hospital in southeastern Massachusetts performing these minimally invasive procedures.

Endoscopy is a noninvasive approach to assessing patients. Endoscopes are flexible video cameras with working channels that are passed into sites - such as the gastrointestinal tract or respiratory tract - for high-resolution investigation. With two state-of-the-art video endoscopes (which are far superior to traditional fiber optic scopes), Veterinary Associates can achieve beneficial results without surgery. For instance, endoscopy enables us to remove foreign bodies that an animal may have eaten (such as rocks, socks, coins, or balls) without a single incision. Video scopes also allow us to take biopsy samples for the diagnosis of prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, and coughing, again without any surgery. Dr. Burns has received advanced training from the leader in this field and has become highly skilled with this technology.

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