Providing minimally invasive pet surgery (laparoscopy) to Abbotsford, and the greater Vancouver area since 2007.
Serving the Fraser Valley and the entire greater Vancouver area we are one of two practices who are able to offer laparoscopic surgery. Here at the Fraser Valley Animal Hospital we pride ourselves on trying to always offer the best for our patients. If we personally have to have surgery wouldn’t we would all prefer minimally invasive surgery, so why wouldn’t our pets? So after extensive training we are one of very few practices in B.C. who are able to offer laparoscopic surgery for a number of procedures. What does this mean? Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal organs of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen and magnifies the organs for a more thorough examination.
Most commonly this procedure is used to obtain biopsies but is also used as an alternative to a traditional, spay, cryptorchid (retained testicles), and/or gastropexy for a less traumatic surgery (up to 65% less pain). The down side to laparoscopy is a funky hair cut (but fur grows back), the positive is that this is now an outpatient procedure so patients recovery is at home, smaller incisions means less pain and faster recovery time, as the controlled incisions eliminates pain and bruising patients need less pain medication, there is also less licking at surgical sites and best of all these patients do not need the same exercise restriction as there is a minimal recovery time than a traditional surgery. These dogs wake up not even knowing they had a major surgery!