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All Laparoscopic Procedures  are performed with Dr. Cynthia Lopez. Dr. Lopez graduated from Colorado State University in 1998. She is one of the most talented and professional colleagues in Las Vegas and it is a pleasure and privilege to work with her on all of myLaparoscopic surgeries.


Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique for viewing and performing surgery on the internal organs of the abdomen. The technique results in less discomfort and pain to the patient than the normal surgical techniques. It also results in faster recovery. A laparoscope with a camera attached is inserted through a small ½ inch incision made in the abdomen. Doing this allows visualization of the internal abdominal organs which are magnified on a television monitor. This allows close observation for a more thorough examination for organ abnormalities or cancers.
Additional small incisions can be made in the abdomen for approach from a different direction. The most common application of laparoscopy is organ biopsy and in recent years has been adopted as a less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional spays and gastropexy through a ½ inch incision rather than a traditional 4 to 6 inch incision in the abdomen.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays Over Traditional Surgery

• A recent study concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post operative pain than a traditional spay.
• The entire surgery is performed through a tiny incision rather than a larger abdominal opening. Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time.
• This is normally performed as an outpatient procedure so your pet recovers at home.
• Laparoscopy allows very better visualization of abdominal organs
• Controlled incisions eliminate pain and bruising caused by the tearing of tissue associated with traditional spays.
• In larger breed dogs gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.

Gastropexy by Laparoscopy
This is a procedure recommended for all large breeds (example St. bernard) and large deep chested breeds (example German Shepard). The stomach is surgically attached to the right ventral lateral internal abdominal wall to prevent gastric torsion during bloating.
Laparoscopy assisted gastropexy allows the procedure to be done through a smaller 1/2 inch incision rather than the traditional 4 to 6 inch incision in the ventral abdominal wall. By doing this it places less stress on the patient, less recovery time, less trauma, and less pain. All through one smaller incision. Sometimes a very small additional port may be placed to aid in better visualization.
The amount of anesthetic time is much reduced because the procedure is shorter.
Biopsy by Laparoscopy
A biopsy can be done at any site in question instead of guess work with an ultrasound guided biopsy where up to 35% of the lesions are missed. Hemorrhage can also be controlled with laparoscopy instruments whereas this cannot be done with ultrasound.

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Laparoscopy Surgery