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Keyhole Surgery

Laparoscopy, also known as ‘keyhole’ or minimally invasive surgery, involves inserting a camera into the abdomen (tummy) for exploration and surgical procedures. Traditional exploratory laparotomy (opening up the abdomen) commonly involves a large incision along the midline of the abdomen. Over the last 40 years there have been huge advances in techniques and equipment for laparoscopic procedures in the human field and now this technology is being adopted for veterinary applications by a few progressive practices. The benefits of this minimally invasive surgery include less tissue trauma which results in less pain and quicker recovery times.

What is involved in laparoscopy?

The patient will receive a general anaesthetic just as for routine procedures. The abdomen will be inflated with medical grade carbon dioxide. This allows the surgeon to see and work in the abdomen. Depending on the procedure, there may be two or three small 1-2 cm incisions made in the patient’s abdomen. All exploration and procedures will be done via these small incisions. After the procedure is completed, the abdomen is deflated and the incisions are closed usually with one stitch.

Why choose Amity?

*98% pet owner satisfaction (100% will recommend)
*98% next day recovery (no further pain relief needed)
*The only place in the South West with minimal hair clipping (because we care!)
*All internal dissolvable sutures (minimal fuss and irritation)
*Trainer of two other keyhole surgeries in Devon (spreading the goodwill…)

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