Laparoscopic Surgery





Animal Medical of New City is pleased to offer minimally invasive surgery!


For many procedures, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) can provide a better alternative to traditional surgery.


What is MIS and how does it work?


MIS is a surgical procedure that uses an endoscope.  You can think of an endoscope as a metal straw that slides into a small incision in the patient’s body through which a camera and a surgical instrument are threaded.  The doctor manipulates both inside the small radius of the metal straw to get the surgery completed with minimal cutting and disruption to the inside of the pet’s body.  Endoscopes are used in human surgery all the time.  Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:


  • Get a much better look at their patient: the camera inserted into the patient’s body allows for precise, up close viewing of tissue.
  • More precise surgery
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of infection:  smaller openings and less cutting means reduces the area of the body that can be open to infection.
  • Less pain:  a Journal of Veterinary Medicine study demonstrated that dogs that have their spay procedure.


What Sort of Surgeries Can Be Done as MIS?


  • Spay
  • Gastropexy- This surgery prevents dogs’ stomachs from twisting, a condition that can often be fatal.  The problem is called gastric torsion.
  • Otoscopy- Surgery/exploration of the ear
  • Cystoscopy- Surgery/exploration of the bladder
  • Rhinoscopy- Surgery/exploration of the nose
  • Vaginoscopy-Surgery/exploration of the dog’s genitals
  • Arthroscopy- Surgery/exploration of the joints
  • Retained Testicle(s)
  • Foreign body- Removing inedible objects from the stomachs/intestines of dogs and cats

My cat Cole ate a good deal of tinsel from our Christmas tree. Of course we didn’t know that at the time, we only knew that he was feeling lousy, wasn’t eating, and was vomiting.  Dr. Schenkel was the one who figured out what was wrong with him and Dr. Gittelman was the one who did Cole’s surgery to remove the tinsel.  They have an instrument there that allows them to do minimal cutting when they do surgery.   Cole did great!  They removed the tinsel and he was back home in just a few days.  Thank you, Animal Medical!

Barbara F.

Ready for your pet’s minimally invasive surgery? Call or email us to get started.


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If you were referred to Animal Medical from another veterinary office, please request a complete copy of your pet’s medical records from your existing veterinarian(s).  If the record is extensive, you can have it sent directly to us so that one of our doctors can review it completely prior to your visit.

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