Minimally Invasive Surgery now at Hope VS!

Hope Veterinary Specialists is pleased to announce that we are now offering minimally invasive surgical procedures.  Many of you have likely already heard of minimally invasive surgery, which involves the use of small incisions into the thorax (thoracoscopy), abdomen (laparoscopy), or joints (arthroscopy).  A magnifying camera and small instruments are inserted through these incisions, which allow us to diagnose and treat many different diseases.  The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are numerous and include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospitalization period
  • Decreased post-operative pain
  • Faster postoperative recovery
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Decreased surgical time
  • Improved visualization in the thorax, abdomen and joints

With 4 board-certified surgeons trained in minimally invasive surgery and a board certified anesthesiologist to oversee anesthesia for these cases, HOPE is excited to start performing the following procedures:

Laparoscopic and laparoscopic assisted procedures offered:

  • Prophylactic gastropexy
  • Ovariectomy
  • Ovariohysterectomy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Intestinal biopsy
  • Cryptorchid castration
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Renal biopsy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Splenectomy

Thoracoscopic and thoracoscopic assisted procedures:

  • Lung lobectomy
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Lung biopsy
  • Pleural biopsy
  • Pleural port placement
  • Thoracic duct ligation

Arthroscopic procedures:


  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the shoulder
  • Biceps Tenosynovitis
  • Medial ligament assessment


  • Fragmented medial coronoid process
  • Ununited anconeal process
  • Assessment of elbow incongruity/cartilage lesions


  • Diagnosis of cranial cruciate ligament rupture/partial tear
  • Meniscal assessment and meniscectomy
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the femur


  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the tarsus


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