Veterinary Laparoscopic Surgery Austin, Texas


laparoscopyThe veterinarians and staff at Westlake Animal Hospital are committed to bringing the latest advances in veterinary medicine to our patients. Our modern facility is designed to provide the best possible veterinary care for your pet. Our highly trained staff can provide a wide variety of surgical solutions for your pet, including:

Veterinary Laparoscopy in Austin, Texas

Veterinary laparoscopy is a surgical technique for viewing abdominal organs and performing certain surgical procedures. This surgical procedure is less invasive than other surgical methods and is commonly used as a diagnostic tool for health concerns in the abdomen, such as:

  • Biopsies—Liver, kidney, pancreas, masses, intestines
  • Response to therapy
  • Abnormal ultrasounds and x-ray findings

Due to the very small incisions needed for laparoscopic procedures, it is a preferred method for many types of surgeries, such as:

  • Prophylactic Gastropexy—To prevent twisted stomach
  • Spays
  • Cryptorchid (retained testicle) neuter
  • Bladder stone removal

Large deep-chested breeds can develop a condition called bloat (GDV), where the stomach twists and it becomes a life threatening situation. Having a history of a dilated stomach without twisting or a family history of a twisted stomach also increases the risk. Tacking the stomach to the body wall before this has occurred can prevent your pet from developing a life threatening twisted stomach. This procedure can be done at the time of spay or neuter, or can be done separately.

Common breeds affected by bloat are Great Danes, standard poodles, Irish Wolfhounds, and German Shepherds. Of course, other large deep-chested breeds can be impacted as well. Feel free to talk with us to find out if your pet is at risk.

Laparoscopic Spays in Austin, Texas

Laparoscopic spays are a new technique for removing the ovaries in female cats and dogs. The procedure is performed through one to three small incisions in the abdomen rather than one large incision. It offers a less painful, faster healing alternative to traditional spays.

According to a study published in the 2005 Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open surgical spay.

Westlake Animal Hospital is accepting new clients, and we would welcome the opportunity to serve you and your pet. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or if you would like more information regarding laparoscopic surgery for your pet.

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