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Minimally Invasive Surgery

The ability to perform procedures in a minimally invasive way improves the patient comfort substantially and the ability to work through small holes creates less pain and improves recovery. Recent studies have shown that patients spayed laparoscopically have less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain.

Ingersoll Animal Hospital is pleased to be an advanced surgical hospital in Des Moines that offers less painful and invasive surgical options for your dogs and cats.

Rigid laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. Laparoscopic or lap spays, laparoscopic assisted gastropexy (stomach tack) to decrease risk of gastric torsion, and liver biopsies are some of the laparoscopic surgeries available at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in Des Moines.

How does laparoscopic surgery work?

A laparoscope (camera) is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. The camera magnifies internal structures of the abdomen and displays them on a TV monitor for a more thorough examination. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments.

When do you use laparoscopy?

The most common application of laparoscopy is for biopsy. In recent years, laparoscopy also has been adopted as a less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional spays. We are equipped to do abdominal surgery and biopsies of abdominal organs such as the liver and intestines, cryptorchid (retained testicle) neuters and spays.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimally invasive
  • Can be an alternative to major surgery
  • Can be used to determine if surgery is necessary
  • Provides faster recovery
  • Can help accurately diagnose your pet’s condition so that an appropriate treatment plan can be implemented