Our surgical capabilities took a significant step forward in 2006 with the addition of a single port laparoscope. This versatile instrument has only recently been adapted for veterinary use and is the first of its kind in Canada.
Single port laparoscopic procedures are gentler, minimally invasive, less painful, and often faster than surgery conducted by the conventional approach. Studies have demonstrated that dogs spayed using this technique are 60% less painful and recover faster compared to dogs spayed using the traditional method. We at the Acadia Veterinary Clinic use BioVision’s Surgview imaging system, which is a one-port (one incision) procedure, allowing the entire surgery to be conducted through a single, 11 mm incision (about the size of an index finger).
Common surgical applications include:
- Cryptorchid (retained testicle) correction
- Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
- Liver, kidney or spleen biopsy
- Exploratory surgeries
- Gastropexy (potentially life-saving procedure to prevent gastric torsion in certain predisposed dog breeds)
The same instrument used for single port laparoscopic surgeries can be used as a powerful diagnostic tool to perform endoscopic examinations. Endoscopy is a procedure that permits the veterinarian to assess the swallowing tube (esophagus), stomach, and duodenum (the initial part of the small intestine), as well as the nasal cavity and inner ear. The scope has the advantage of enabling the surgeon to see and photograph internal organs and structures in their normal positions or even to document procedures on videotape.