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When Less Is More: Minimally Invasive Surgery

As pet owners ourselves, we understand that it’s tough when you find out your beloved pet needs surgery. Fortunately, with today’s technological advances, many surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive surgeries are performed with the assistance of a very small camera or live motion video X-rays. This allows surgeons to operate by making tiny incisions instead of one large opening.

Some very important benefits to minimally invasive surgeries are:

  • Less pain due to smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospital stay and more rapid recovery
  • Less injury to surrounding tissue, often avoiding muscle damage
  • Higher accuracy due to increased visualization and magnification of organs and structures
  • Better documentation of pathology, since our equipment is capable of taking photos and videos

Although almost any surgery can incorporate minimally invasive techniques, there are some that are performed quite commonly. At VSEC, nearly all of our joint surgeries are performed arthroscopically, a minimally invasive procedure utilizing a very small camera that is inserted into a joint through a tiny incision. In addition, we commonly use laparoscopy and thoracoscopy for abdominal and chest procedures, respectively. Even fractures can sometimes be repaired under fluoroscopy, which involves placing plates and screws through tiny incisions rather than very large ones, which disrupt the surrounding muscles.

If you find out your pet needs surgery, please ask your family veterinarian if a minimally invasive option is available for your pet. Our surgery team at VSEC would be happy to see you and your pet for a consultation and to answer any questions that you may have.

Consultations with our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Robert Moore and Dr. Jana Norris, are accepted by referral from your primary care veterinarian and by appointment. To schedule a consultation, please call 805.492.2436.

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