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Carlsbad Animal Clinic

Laparoscopic Surgery

Also known as “bandaid surgery” or “keyhole surgery”, laparoscopic surgery is a less invasive method of surgery.


Laparoscopic surgery, also known as “band aid surgery” or “keyhole surgery”, is a less invasive method of surgery. If laparoscopic surgery is recommended for your pet, we will do everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.

Why would my pet need laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is used for spaying female pets, collecting internal biopsies, removing urinary stones, and to prevent gastric dilatation volvulus.

When should my pet have laparoscopic surgery?

Our veterinarians may recommend laparoscopic surgery as a less invasive option compared to open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery has many benefits including less pain, faster recovery, no need for stitches or protective cones, better visibility for the veterinarian, and quicker surgery time.

How does laparoscopic surgery work?

This method is performed on the abdomen or pelvis using small incisions with the aid of a high definition camera and telescope. This less-invasive method differs from typical procedures as an entire surgery can be performed with just a few tiny incisions as opposed to a large abdominal opening. Small incisions create minimal tissue trauma for an animal, reducing pain and allowing for a speedy healing process. When this method is used for spaying, only the ovaries are removed and the uterus is left intact.

Our veterinarians will determine the best anesthetic plan for your pet, as the type and amount of anesthetic drugs we use will vary depending upon age and health. We believe that keeping our patients safe and comfortable before, during and after surgery is of the greatest importance and an essential component of your pet's care.