This has been a busy summer for the Veterinary Surgery Center of Sturbridge! We have made some milestones in our endeavor to offer more to the community of referring veterinarians and pet owners and to those serving to protect us!
The Veterinary Surgery Center of Sturbridge is very proud to be able to offer MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY (MIS) in the form of LAPAROSCOPY. see more
VSC is now a proud partner with the MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE K-9 Division! see more
…and we look forward to what we can try to do next!!
Veterinary Surgery Center of Sturbridge is now offering LAPAROSCOPY!
Laparoscopic abdominal surgery is performed through small incisions, using high tech cameras
and instruments. The result is improved visualization for the surgeon. This allows better assessment and treatment of the internal organs. Very importantly, the small incisions are far less painful for your pet. This translates into a faster recovery and return to normal activity.
The uses of laparoscopic (”Keyhole”) surgery in Veterinary Medicine include: spay – especially in challenging patients and the combination with gastropexy, retained testicular surgery (cryptorchid castration), prophylactic gastropexy (affixing the stomach to the body wall to avoid the sometimes devastating stomach twisting with bloat (GDV) that can occur especially in certain breeds), biopsy retrieval (liver, intestinal, lymph nodes), urinary stone removal, etc.
Procedure details: usually 2 (sometimes more according to the procedure) small incisions no longer than 1 inch each, are made in the abdomen, Through these portals, a high definition camera and telescopic lens are introduced, allowing for spectacular images of the structures of the abdomen. The other portal(s) are used to allow introduction of advanced technical instruments, including cautery devices, scissors, and other forceps. These instruments are introduced into the abdomen and the procedure completed while watching on a monitor.
The most obvious benefit of MIS – laparoscopic surgery is a reduction in the size of the incision for surgery. Standard surgery requires a longer incision (generally 6-12 inches for most procedures) to allow direct visualization of the structures. With laparoscopy, smaller incisions provide less discomfort after surgery, and return to normal activity sooner.
Also, the precise manipulation of the abdominal structures associated with laparoscopy results in less bruising and trauma as compared to traditional surgery. For a video comparing traditional VS laparoscopy click here – note: the pictures are actual surgical images and may not be suitable for all.
Studies in veterinary medicine have shown that there is less pain after laparoscopic procedures as compared to traditional open abdominal procedures. Improvement in comfort would be expected in other laparoscopic procedures as compared to traditional surgery and this is the consensus amongst surgeons and clients.
The ability to perform MIS at the Veterinary Surgery Center of Sturbridge will advance our surgery capabilities to mirror those of human medicine. We are extremely excited to be able to offer laparoscopy as part of our surgical capabilities for our veterinary patients. Please contact VSC if you have any questions and see how MIS – laparoscopy can benefit your pet!
Veterinary Surgery Center of Sturbridge has been qualified to provide services to the Massachusetts State Police K-9 UNIT!
VSC has worked with the Massachusetts State Police to establish an official working relationship with the K-9 Division. This partnership will allow the VSC the opportunity to offer Surgical and Sports Medicine diagnostics and treatment to the members of the MSP- K-9 Unit. VSC is proud to become part of this relationship and we look forward to working with these Four-Legged First Responders and their Handlers!