Laparoscopic Surgery is now available!

Laparoscopic surgery provides your pet with a minimally invasive surgical technique that offers a large range of benefits over traditional surgical techniques. Laparoscopic surgery requires only small "key-hole" incisions, which significantly reduces both the pain and recovery time. Atlantic Animal Hospital is one of the only hospitals in the region that offers this surgical method for your pet. Laparoscopic Surgery Brochure

What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a state-of-the-art surgical technique using precise instrumentation for a successful surgery. We will create a small "key- hole" incision into your pet's abdomen, at which point your surgeon will insert a laparoscope, allowing them to see the individual organs displayed on a monitor.

Laparoscopic surgery uses precision to avoid larger incisions seen in convention surgeries, and that means less pain for your pet and a faster recovery.

Why Minimally Invasive Surgery So Important

Laparoscopic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, which is considered the gold standard in the medical community. Atlantic Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing pets with only the best surgical care, which is why we have added laparoscopic surgery to the services we offer.

Not only will your pet experience less pain, but they will also need less anesthesia during the actual surgical process. Afterwards, your pet will require fewer medications and will recover more quickly than traditional surgical methods.

What Laparoscopic Surgery Is Used For

Laparoscopic surgery is used for a variety of conditions. Here are some of the main surgical procedures that Atlantic Animal Hospital performs:


Biopsies can be invasive diagnostic procedures. However, by using laparoscopic methods, your surgeon can perform biopsies of the liver, kidney, pancreas, and intestines with less trauma than traditional biopsy procedures.

Bladder Stone Removal

Laparoscopic surgery for bladder stone removal is safer, more effective, and performed more quickly than traditional surgeries.

Laparoscopic Surgical Spays

When the ovaries are removed from a cat or dog, laparoscopic surgical spays are superior to traditional spays. According to a study from the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, laparoscopic spays had 65 percent less post-operative pain than traditional open surgery involving spays and overall less surgical stress.

Treating Cryptorchidism (retained testicle)

Laparoscopic surgery for cryptorchidism is highly effective. Cryptorchidism is a defect present at birth where one testicle remains inside your pet's abdominal cavity, and never descends to the scrotum. Laparoscopic surgery requires a much smaller incision and better visualization of the target area compared to traditional open surgeries.

Gastropexy Surgery

The laparoscopic assisted gastropexy procedure involves tacking the stomach to reduce the chance of Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV). Laparoscopic surgery is faster and features less complications.

If you need to schedule a laparoscopic surgical procedure or want to learn more about it, call Atlantic Animal Hospital today at (910)256-2624, email us at or visit our office at 1808 Sir Tyler Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405

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