Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a camera (laparoscope) is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a tiny incision. It allows a veterinarian to see inside the abdomen without having to make a large incision. Surgical instruments may also be introduced in this manner.
Procedures such as spays or gastropexy (a procedure keeping the stomach from twisting and preventing torsion bloat, a life-threatening condition) may be accomplished through these few small incisions rather than a larger one. Because of these smaller incisions, laparoscopic procedure patients experience decreased post-operative inflammation and pain, heal faster, and many can return to normal activity quicker than those who had standard procedures performed.
Unfortunately, not every surgical procedure can be performed laparoscopically. If your pet needs surgery, discuss with your VCA veterinarian what surgical options are the best for your pet. Your veterinarian is the best judge of what procedures can be done with laparoscopy.