What is Laparoscopy?Laparoscopy is a procedure by which we are able to visualize the organs within the abdomen without having to perform surgery. During this procedure your pet is placed under anesthesia and a small needle is used to fill the abdominal cavity with carbon dioxide. We then make 2 small incisions through which we insert a small camera and other instruments. With the camera we can see organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, lymph nodes and other internal organs. Biopsies may be taken as necessary. By actually seeing the abdominal organs we are better equipped to biopsy specific areas, obtain larger specimens that maximize the chances of getting a correct diagnosis with a minimal risk of complications. Complications are unusual but bleeding from biopsy sites may occur. These patients are treated with narcotics for any post-operative discomfort. In many cases they may go home the same day, although some may stay overnight.
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