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Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Surgery

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Dr. James Brown uses a laparoscope to assist with surgical removal of a pathological ovary.

Endoscopic surgery has proved to be a popular alternative to traditional operative procedures in human surgery and it is rapidly gaining popularity in the equine surgery field. This minimally invasive surgery allows quick return to normal exercise and performance with less pain and minimal scarring.

Here at the Equine Medical Center, we have been using laparoscopy to assist with surgical removal of pathological ovaries in mares, to retrieve retained testicles, and to investigate a variety of other conditions, such as intermittent low-grade colic, and suspected abdominal tumors.

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Our surgical expertise

Our surgical experts have the experience and skill required to perform many different types of laparoscopic procedures. We are actively involved in developing new laparoscopic procedures to replace traditional surgical techniques with the aim of improving outcomes for our equine patients.

The advantage of laparoscopy

One significant advantage that laparoscopy offers over conventional surgical techniques is that many laparoscope-assisted procedures are minimally invasive, which means that surgery can be performed inside the abdomen without making large skin incisions. Recovery time is therefore significantly reduced comapred to similar procedures performed with a traditional open surgical approach, and many horses can go back to work sooner.

Our equipment

  • An endoscope is an optical instrument, which, when inserted through a small entrance opening, helps visualize the interior of hollow bodies.
  • A laparoscope is an endoscope designed to examine the peritoneal cavity, and thus facilitate visualization of abdominal organs. Specialized laparoscopic instruments can then be operated inside the abdomen within full view, allowing the surgeon to perform the desired procedure.
  • The Equine Medical Center houses state-of-the-art laparoscopic equipment. The acquisition of a new vessel-sealing device allows us to perform procedures more efficiently without the use of suture or other foreign materials traditionally used to control bleeding (hemostasis).

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Faculty clinicians

EMC surgeons have the skill, experience, and expertise to perfom laparoscopic surgeries.