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Laparoscopy and Endoscopy:

Minimally Invasive Surgery through tiny "key hole" incisions 

Flexible endoscopy allows us to go inside body cavities without any surgical incision at all.  A flexible surgical camera is carefully guided through areas such as the esophagus, stomach and small intestine to view structures, take samples, such as for biopsy or culture.  

Common areas viewed with endoscopy include the deep ear canals, urinary bladder and urethra, the nose and nasal sinuses, and the upper gastrointestinal tract.


Use of tiny instruments threaded through the flexible endoscope allows us to grasp and remove small structures including masses, foreign bodies, stones or objects.  

Common items removed include small rocks, sticks, coins, jewelry, fish hooks, and socks swallowed by pets.

Quick Definitions to help you out:


"endo" meaning "internal" or "within" such as in the gastrointestinal tract, or the "food tube", which includes the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

"scopy" meaning viewing inside with use of a tiny surgical camera


"laparo" meaning within the abdominal cavity

"scopy" meaning viewing inside of the abdomen through a tiny surgical camera

Laparoscopy:  Why choose surgery through a tiny "keyhole" incision?

Laparoscopy allows surgery to be performed through tiny "key hole" incisions with the use of special instruments inserted in to the abdomen.  This allows great visualization of internal organs without the need for a large surgical incision to heal, thereby reducing pain and recovery time, and often reduces anesthesia time for the patient.  This is a great way to take biopsy samples of internal structures to facilitate diagnosis with minimal surgical discomfort and recovery time for the patient.

1.  Minimal surgical pain with a tiny incision

2.  Safety for Patients is increased by:

  • reducing anesthesia time

  • reducing surgical recovery time

  • reduces bleeding

  • reduces post-op complications including pain-related problems, infection rates, and tissue trauma

​3.  Excellent ability to visualize structures

4.  Surgical time is greatly reduced, particularly for biopsies of liver, kidney, spleen, and pancreas

Alpine Animal Clinic brings you the very best in surgical care with use of Laparoscopy and Endoscopy surgical capabilities.  Your four-legged family can now have the same state-of-the-art surgery used in many human surgeries, allowing us to diagnose and correct problems with minimally invasive procedures.

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