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Surgery is understandably a major source of anxiety for pet owners. They worry about anesthesia, pain, recovery time, and the risk of complications. This fear may be alleviated as veterinarians are continually embracing a cutting-edge practice that has been used in human medicine for a few decades—one that is safe, effective, and may cause less stress for pets and their owners. This procedure is known as minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a technologically advanced surgical technique used by veterinarians to operate with less trauma to the body than with open surgery. This is accomplished through small incisions that are approximately 5 to 20 mm long. The small incisions create an access point for special surgical instruments.
A thin, tube-like instrument with a high-definition video camera and light on the end is inserted through one incision to guide the surgery. The device transmits images from within the body onto a screen that the surgeon can view. This tool can be a laparoscope, endoscope, or arthroscope.
Tiny surgical instruments are then inserted into the body cavity through other incisions to collect tissue samples or perform surgery.
While MIS does not apply to all surgical operations, many veterinarians use this technique whenever it’s appropriate to reduce treatment time and minimize your pet’s pain and recovery period. Common minimally invasive procedures for pets include:
These procedures can be used to examine structures and organs, perform biopsies, diagnose issues, remove masses, and treat problems without large incisions.
These cutting-edge techniques improve your pet’s surgical experience in numerous ways, including:
While minimally invasive surgery cannot be used for every procedure, it can be a great option if your vet believes it will provide the best outcome. This procedure allows the surgeon to operate with more precision and control. It is associated with less impact on the body, shorter hospital stays, less pain, less bleeding, and fewer complications.
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