Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Procedures

Dr. Drew Luce performing Minimally Invasive Procedures for Dogs and Cats

For the last 10 years, Aldie Vet has been on the forefront of performing both laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures in companion pets. There are many benefits to replacing traditional sterilization surgeries with less invasive procedures.


A few smaller “keyhole” incisions are used during a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure which produces less pain and external scarring, reduced blood loss during procedure, and healing may be faster than traditional, open surgery. Images created by the telescope during a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure are magnified when they appear on the monitor. This gives the surgeon more detail about the tissues than might be available using traditional surgery. A major benefit of is that the surgeon will be able to precisely diagnose the areas needing attention, as well as potentially uncover other conditions where symptoms are not yet present. Post operatively, patients are in less discomfort following a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure. Less pain means less pain medicine. Also, with shorter incisions, patients can return to their normal activity faster than if they had a much longer incision due to traditional surgery. This helps patients experience a shorter hospital stay, if any.  The risk of infection is reduced following a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure. This is because delicate tissues are not exposed to the air of the operating room over long periods of time. Also, the “keyhole” size incisions require less post-operative care and heal much faster.


Our list of capabilities is constantly growing. If you do not see a procedure listed, please contact our hospital.

  • Abdominal exploration and biopsy
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Incisional gastropexy
  • Ovariohysterectomy and ovariectomy
  • Ovarian remnant removal
  • Cystoscopy
  • Enterotomy
  • Cryptorchid surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Thoracic exploration
  • Pulmonary and pleural biopsy
  • Pericardial window
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Right auricular mass excision
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Bladder and urethral exploration and biopsy
  • Nasal exploration
  • Foreign body removal
  • External and middle ear exploration and biopsy


Bronchoscopy is the endoscopic technique for examining the lungs. Bronchoscopy allows for thorough visual examination of the respiratory tract to identify structural abnormalities, collect samples of abnormal airway secretions, identify and remove foreign bodies and biopsy lesions or tumors.

Cystoscopy is the exploration of the urinary bladder.  This procedure is appropriate for a large number of small animal patients, including those presenting with chronic cystitis, pollakiuria, hematuria, stranguria, incontinence, trauma, calculi, and abnormal radiographs.         

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the endoscopic exploration of the stomach and intestines, a partial list of indications include: regurgitation, dysphagia, salivation, nausea, vomiting, hematemesis, melena, anorexia, diarrhea, weight loss, hematochezia, fecal mucus and tenesmus. It is most commonly used for obtaining biopsies and the removal of ingested foreign bodies.

Gastropexy is a preventative surgery.  This surgery is indicated for at-risk dogs to prevent the twisting of the stomach which is fatal if not treated quickly. The stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall in order to prevent the stomach from twisting. A gastropexy is often done at the same time as a laparoscopic spay.

Laparoscopy is the technique for viewing the abdominal organs. Laparoscopy is commonly used as a diagnostic tool for taking biopsies of the liver, kidney, pancreas, or abdominal masses. Other diagnostic applications include evaluation of abdominal trauma, bile duct patency, response to therapy, splenoportography or abnormal radiographic findings. Laparoscopic surgeries being performed include adrenalectomy, gastropexy, hernia repair and laparoscopic spays.        

Laparoscopic Spays are an alternative to a traditional spay.  Performed through one small incision in the abdomen rather than a large incision it offers a less painful, faster healing alternative to traditional spays. A study published in the 2005 Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open surgical spay.

Otoscopy allows for examination of both the external and middle ear; it is one of the most common applications of endoscopy in veterinary medicine. Otoscopy allows for safe and thorough ear cleaning under constant visualization, removal of foreign objects, polyp removal and diagnostic sampling. Disorders of the external ear are common in dogs; the visualization afforded by this technique make it a precise means of assessment of treatment and follow-up.

Rhinoscopy is the exploration of the nose and back of the throat, commonly indicated in dogs and cats with nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, chronic sneezing, epistaxis, facial distortion, nasal pain, acute severe sneezing, reverse sneezing and abnormal radiographs.