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Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Procedures

Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Procedures

DSVC has been on the forefront of performing both laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures in companion animals for more than 10 years.

Small “keyhole” incisions are used during a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure. These incisions produce less pain and external scarring, reduced blood loss during the procedure, and faster healing than traditional, open surgery. Magnified images show greater detail, allowing the surgeon to precisely diagnose problem areas.

Post operatively, patients are in less discomfort following a laparoscopic or endoscopic procedure. Less pain means less pain medicine. Also, with smaller incisions, patients have a shorter hospital stay and can return to their normal activity faster. Plus, the risk of infection is reduced because delicate tissues are not exposed to the air of the operating room for as long.


Our list of capabilities is continually growing. If you do not see a procedure you are interested in listed, please contact our hospital for information.

  • 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. It allows for thorough visual examination of the respiratory tract to identify structural abnormalities, collect samples of abnormal airway secretions, and identify and remove foreign bodies and biopsy lesions or tumors.

Cystoscopy is the exploration of the urinary bladder. This procedure is appropriate for small animals presenting with chronic cystitis, pollakiuria, hematuria, stranguria, incontinence, trauma, calculi and abnormal radiographs.         

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

Gastropexy is a preventative surgery 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 to prevent it from twisting. A gastropexy is often done at the same time as a laparoscopic spay.

Laparoscopy is the technique for viewing the abdominal organs. It’s commonly used as a diagnostic tool for 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 we perform 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, 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. It’s used for safe and thorough ear cleaning, removal of foreign objects, polyp removal and diagnostic sampling. Disorders of the external ear are common in dogs, and otoscopy offers a precise means of treatment, assessment 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.

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