Laparoscopic Surgery & Endoscopic Procedures

Laparoscopic Surgery & Endoscopic Diagnostic Procedures

Our surgical capabilities took a significant step forward in 2006 with the addition of a single port laparoscope. This versatile instrument has only recently been adapted for veterinary use, and is the first of its kind in Canada.

endoscopic surgery at acadia in saskatoonSingle port laparoscopic procedures are gentler, minimally invasive, less painful, and often faster than surgery conducted by the conventional approach. Studies have demonstrated that dogs spayed using this technique are 60% less painful and recover faster compared to dogs spayed using the traditional method. We at the Acadia Veterinary Clinic use BioVision’s Surgview imaging system which is a one port (one incision) procedure, allowing the entire surgery to be conducted through a single, 11 mm incision (about the size of an index finger). Large breed dogs are the best candidates for laparoscopic spays. 

Common surgical applications include:

  • Spaying
  • Cryptorchid (retained testicle) correction
  • Cystomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Liver, kidney or spleen biopsy
  • Exploratory surgeries
  • Gastropexy (potentially life saving procedure to prevent gastric torsion in certain predisposed dog breeds)Click here to learn more about surgeries at Acadia

Diagnostic Applications

The same instrument used for single port laparoscopic surgeries can be used as a powerful diagnostic tool to perform endoscopic examinations. Endoscopy is a procedure that permits the veterinarian to assess the swallowing tube (esophagus), stomach, and duodenum (the initial part of the small intestine), as well as the nasal cavity and inner ear. The scope has the advantage of enabling the surgeon to see and photograph internal organs and structures in their normal positions, or even to document procedures on video tape.

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With this equipment and the advanced training that Dr.Wickstrom has received, biopsy samples from the liver, pancreas and kidney can be collected in about 5 minutes as well as photographing your pet internal organs. Abnormal tissues can be biopsied for histopathological examination. Minor surgical procedures, such as the removal of polyps or foreign objects from the ear canal, can also be conducted through the endoscope.

This is a picture that shows the liver on the right,
stomach in the center and ribs in the background.
Liver and Gallbladder
Inside Urinary Bladder
Collapsing Trachea
Ruptured Eardrum


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