Dunwoody Animal Medical Center is one of a small group of hospitals in the Atlanta area that has the ability to offer laparoscopic alternatives to some common traditional surgeries. Laparoscopic surgeries are performed through small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) incisions using cameras and special surgical instruments. Below you will find some of the surgeries we can offer via laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic Spay: Traditional spays are commonly done through 1.5 to 2 inch incisions, and sometimes larger. In order to get to the ovaries and uterus, a fair amount of stretching and tearing of the tissues takes place, and while minimal, there is always a small amount of residual bleeding. The residual blood has been associated with part of the post operative pain. Due to the size of the incision, a 10-14 day post op exercise restriction is recommended.
With Laparoscopy, the incision size is minimal. Tissue manipulation can be done much more gently, and bleeding is almost non existent. Post op exercise restrictions are limited to a 24 hour post op period. One independent study in the Journal of The American Animal Hospital showed the laparoscopic procedure to be 65% less painful than traditional procedures.
Laparoscopic Neuter: While routine neuters are not done with laparoscopy, dogs with undescended testicles that are retained in the abdomen do phenomenally better when done laparoscopically. Oftentimes, finding the testicle can be a challenge when done traditionally , leading to long surgery times and large incisions. With the laparoscopic camera, they can be easily found and then removed with a quick and minimally invasive technique. As with the spays, post op restrictions and pain are minimal.