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Laparoscopic Surgery

Keyhole surgery is minimally invasive and means a much shorter recovery period

Due to modern advances in veterinary equipment and surgery, today we are able to offer laparoscopic, or keyhole surgery. This revolutionary way of conducting routine operations carries a number of benefits including minimal invasiveness, and a far quicker recovery period.

Laparoscopic SurgeryIf your pet undergoes keyhole surgery, due to the considerably smaller incision that is made, they will be at far less risk of complications. The amount of tissue damage and bruising will also be dramatically reduced, meaning a much shorter recovery period.

Laparoscopic surgery consists of making very small incisions (around 0.5-1cm each, instead of the usual 5-7cm) in the area that is being operated on. Through one incision a fibre optic camera will be inserted; the images of the internal structures and organs will be magnified and projected onto a high definition monitor. The necessary equipment and apparatus will then be inserted via the other incisions to conduct the surgery.

There are a number of routine operations that benefit from being carried out via laparoscopy. These include:

  • Neutering
  • Liver, pancreatic, kidney and bowel biopsies
  • Preventative Gastroprexy in dogs prone to Gastric Torsion
  • Diagnostic exploration of the abdomen and chest
  • Cryptorchid surgery in male dogs

At Luc Van Dijck Veterinary Centre our head vet Luc has two and a half years’ experience conducting laparoscopic procedures. His colleague Ian is also trained to perform this specialist surgery.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, or to book an appointment for your pet to see one of our experts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by calling our practice on 01942 242464, or send us an email to