Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital is proud to announce that we are now offering Laparoscopic Surgery!

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that results in a faster recovery and less pain for your furry friend.

At Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital we do the entire surgery through one port. This is an important distinction as many places use a two or three port technique meaning there are multiple small incisions. With a single port, there is only 1 incision the approximate size of a penny and the entire surgery is done internally with instruments that are connected to a video monitor.

What surgeries can we perform laparoscopically?

This is the most common procedure we perform laparoscopically and significantly lessens pain and speeds recovery.

Without laparoscopy, this can be a very invasive surgery as there is no way to know exactly where the testicle is within the abdomen. With a laparoscope, we can find the testicle and minimize the size of the incision and invasiveness of this procedure. Laparoscopy provides a very significant advantage with these surgeries.

Deep chested and large breed dogs can be predisposed to a life threatening condition where the stomach twists. We can laparoscopically secure the stomach to the abdominal wall which will prevent this very serious condition. Traditionally this surgery required a very large incision in order to access the stomach but with laparoscopy, we can use a minimal approach and have your dog feeling back to normal within a week.

What used to require a full surgical approach can now be done through a minimal incision. Common biopsies required for diagnosis are liver and intestines.

What does all this mean for our patients?

Less pain, a less invasive procedure, and faster recovery times.

Dr. Benaryeh performed a laparoscopic spay on my golden retriever. She is 16 months old and weighs about 75 pounds. This procedure is a game-changer. I highly recommend the procedure for anyone trying to decide between regular surgery and laparoscopic. Within hours of getting home, Dilly was almost herself again, wagging her tail and wanting to play. She never exhibited any signs of pain or discomfort. She never licked the site, so no cone-of-shame! (The only problem is trying to keep her from being too active, but I’ve kept her on the meds so she is a little sleepy.)

Yes, it costs a little more, but I’ve had large dogs for years, and with the regular surgery, I’ve seen the ghastly foot-long incisions, and I’ve had to watch the pain, panting and licking, that lasts for weeks. Dilly is on day two and wants to run and play.

Thank you Dr. Benaryeh for recommending this procedure and doing such a great job. And thanks to the staff for taking care of Dilly.

Lynn B.

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