Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) involves surgical procedures
that are performed using small incisions through the skin into a
body cavity (such as the abdomen, chest or joint). A camera is
utilized to both visualize and magnify the area being treated.
Specialized instruments and a camera are put through small
incisions or portals to perform the surgery without a large
incision. Smaller incisions cause less pain and allow your pet to
be more comfortable after surgery.
Some refer to surgery using cameras in body cavities as
'endoscopic' surgery. MIS involves scope, cannulae, insufflation,
monitor, image capturing system and MIS instruments.
- "Laparoscopy" involves surgery with a camera in the abdominal
cavity (for procedures such as liver biopsies and
- "Laparoscopy-assisted" surgeries are performed with the camera
and portals but a slightly larger incision is used (usually 2-4
centimeters) to assist with the procedure while avoiding a full
'open' approach (for procedures such as gastropexies and
- "Thoracoscopy" involves surgery with a camera in the chest
cavity (for procedures such as lung biopsy, pericardial window and
thoracic duct ligation).
- "Arthroscopy" involves surgery with a camera in a specific
joint (for procedures such as ACL and meninscal tears or elbow
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