UTCVM Laparoscopic/Thoracoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic/thoracoscopic surgery involves the introduction a small camera and surgical instruments into the abdominal or thoracic cavity of horses through small stab incisions (i.e., “keyhole surgery”). Laparoscopic/thoracoscopic surgery negates the need for large incisions, thereby shortening recovery. Laparoscopic procedures can be performed with the horse standing, using sedation and local analgesia, or with the horse anesthetized. At the University of Tennessee, veterinary surgeons have access to the most modern laparoscopic/thoracoscopic equipment, including a high-definition Storz laparoscopy/arthroscopy unit, Storz surgical instruments, and a state-of-the-art, Gyrus electrosurgical unit, which helps the surgeon to minimize hemorrhage during surgery. The most common laparoscopic procedures performed by our surgeons include cryptorchidectomy, ovariectomy, and abdominal exploration. A lung can also be biopsied thoracoscopically.