As in human medicine, many surgical procedures in veterinary medicine are now performed through very small incisions. In many cases, tiny cameras and instruments can be introduced through small incisions to either obtain a biopsy or complete a procedure. The term laparoscopy is used to describe the use of camera-guided procedures in the abdomen, whereas it is termed thoracoscopy if it is performed in the chest cavity. Arthroscopy is the term used to describe minimally invasive surgical procedures involving joints.
Upstate Veterinary Specialists has a complete array of laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, and arthroscopic equipment. A common procedure we perform and an example of this technology is laparoscopically-assisted gastropexy. Some large dogs are prone to a potentially fatal condition called gastric volvulus or “bloat”. In this condition, the stomach will rotate into an abnormal position. Using cameras and specially designed tools, the stomach is attached to the body wall to prevent it from rotating in the future.