Laparoscopy, also known as ‘keyhole’ or minimally invasive surgery, involves inserting a tiny rod attached to a camera into the abdomen (tummy) for exploration and surgical procedures. Traditional exploratory laparotomy (opening up the abdomen) has been the choice of most veterinary surgeons to visualise and gain access into the abdomen. This commonly involves a large incision along the midline of the abdomen. Some incisions can be as long as 20-40cm long in larger dogs!
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 result in less pain and quicker recovery times.