What Is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?
Keyhole removal of a gallbladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is a routine procedure in humans. In animals, it hasn’t been widely established, which is down to the slightly increased operating time and necessary surgical expertise.
However, it has so many benefits such as quick recovery, short hospital stay and very low risk of pancreatitis that they outweigh by far the shortcomings.
What Are The Benefits Of A Keyhole Cholecystectomy?
Although removal of a gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is most often performed via an open surgical approach, it is now possible to remove gallbladders using laparoscopy using very similar techniques to those used in humans.
Keyhole surgery wounds are much smaller and less invasive than traditional surgery.
Patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures have reduced pain post-surgery.
Keyhole surgery carries lower risks as the handling of soft tissue is more delicate.
Laparoscopy (keyhole) is less invasive and allows your pet to recover quicker.
What Is Keyhole Cholecystectomy For?
This surgery is done in pets mostly for mucocele (enlarged gall bladder with an abundant amount of mucous), which can rupture causing peritonitis.
Peritonitis is generalised inflammation of the inside of the abdomen, causing the animal to become seriously unwell, in some cases resulting in death
Other indications are suspicious lesions (cancers) and although dogs don’t usually have gallstones this would be another reason for this procedure.
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