Canine and Feline companion animals can benifit from the same laparoscopic surgery advances as in human surgery, with reduced pain, smaller wounds, less risks of infections, and faster recoveries, than with traditional open abdominal surgery

Sadly it is estimated that while over a million abdominal surgeries are performed on companion animals in the United Kingdom each year, much less than 1% are performed via keyhole surgery.

Here an ovary is being extracted in a dog in a two-port technique for laparoscopic ovariectomy (neuter) (Romain Pizzi). Note the suture, which held the ovary to the abdominal wall, also helps with retreival should the ovary be dropped from the forceps grasp inside the abdomen.

Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy in dogs is not only markedly less invasive than traditional open surgery, but very often much faster and easier for the veterinary surgeon, as the testicle is much easier to locate and visualise thanks to the magnification provided by the laparoscope (Romain Pizzi, Inglis Vet Centre).


Laparoscopy (in this case an exploratory laparoscopy, Romain Pizzi) is more difficult in cats due to the much smaller and limiting operating space, and shorter 3mm paediatric instruments are much more suitable, but more limited in choice of available instruments (ultrasonic shears and bipolar feed-back instruments are curently only available in 5mm instrument size). We believe that future human laparoscopic developments are quiet likely to ultimately progress to smaller 2-3mm instruments, despite the curret greater interest in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery), and SILS (Single Insertion Laparoscopic Surgery).