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At West Suburban Animal Hospital, our veterinarians perform not only routine surgeries such as traditional spays and neuters, but are also skilled at performing minimally invasive procedures as well.


Our entire staff understands that the decision to allow your beloved pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. We strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.


Have you been referred? Please bring the following at the time of your consultation: 

  • Any recent radiographs or blood work from your family veterinarian

  • Any current medications your pet is taking


What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive form of surgery. It uses cameras and instruments introduced into the surgical site through small "key hole" incisions. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the surgical field and use the instruments for the surgical procedure. 

Benefits of Laparoscopy 

There are a number of benefits to laparoscopic surgery. These include:

  • Smaller incisions at the surgical site

  • The cameras used allow for better visulization of the organs 

  • Less painful than the traditional approach

  • Faster recovery time 

What type of Procedures Can Be Performed Laparoscopically? 

Ovariectomy (Spay)

Ovariectomy is a laparoscopic "spay." The ovaries of the female animal are removed to prevent heat cycles and pregnancy. Spaying female animals also significantly decreases the chance of breast cancer and uterine infections as they age. Laparoscopic surgery allows better visualization of the ovaries and uses smaller incisions. In the traditional approach ligaments involved need to be stretched and broken down to allow for visualization of the ovaries. The reduced trauma to the soft tissue and incisions allow for faster recovery and less pain. 

Cryptorchid Surgery

This is a surgery to remove an intra-abdominal testicle in a male. In male animals the testicles usually descend from the abdomen into the scrotum. Unfortunately, this does not happen in all males and one/or both of the testicles can remain in the abdomen. Doing this procedure laparoscopically allows better visualization of the retained testicle than traditional methods and it also decreases surgical time exploring the abdomen to find it.  These advantages allow for quicker recovery after surgery. 

Organ Biopsy

Some patients require biopsy of abdominal organs to help diagnosis and treat disease. There are few contradictions for taking biopsy samples laparoscopically due to the fact that it is minimally invasive and can decrease time under anesthesia. The camera enables the surgeon to explore the entire abdomen through a small incision and allows the organs to be visualized and evaluated.  The ease of obtaining surgical biopsies is dramatically improved over other methods like ultrasound guided or traditional surgery. The samples taken during the procedure are then sent to a laboratory for evaluation and testing. Testing times vary from a few days to over a week. If you were referred to us for this procedure, the test results will be faxed to your family veterinarian. This will allow your pet's doctor to make a treatment plan and give you continued care. 

Preventive Gastropexy

Preventive Gastropexy is a procedure that is used to help prevent gastric dilation / volvulus. Gastric dilation / volvulus is when the pet's stomach distends and flips onto itself. This causes compromised blood flow in the abdomen and can be life threatening. Large breed dogs are more at risk for this problem.  In this procedure, the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall. It does not interfere with stomach function or growth. The surgery prevents the twisting in this syndrome which tends to be the most critical part.This preventive procedure is recommended for large breed dogs at 6 to 7 months of age. It can be performed in combination with a spay or neuter procedure.  

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West Suburban Animal Hospital 

 3265 King Road, Toledo, OH 43617

Phone:   (419) 841-4745

Fax:   (419) 841-6404 

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