Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Surgery is accomplished through small portals (incisions that are approximately 5-20 mm long), using cameras that can look inside the body cavity, and instruments that can be inserted through the portals. Studies have shown that dogs have less post-operative pain following minimally invasive surgery when compared to traditional surgery. Consequently, many of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, which is beneficial to patients easily stressed in a hospital environment.  Although not all surgeries can be performed in this manner, PVESC is committed to expanding our Minimally invasive capabilities.

The following is a list of procedures that we can perform using minimally invasive surgery:

Liver biopsy

Spays (ovariohysterectomy and ovariectomy)

Cryptorchid castration

Prophylactic gastropexy

Abdominal exploration and intestinal biopsy

Gastrointestinal foreign body removal


Lymph node biopsy


Right atrial appendage resection


Lung lobe excision

Thoracic cavity exploration and lung biopsy



If your pet has been diagnosed with one of these conditions or if any of these procedures have been recommended, please contact us for further information.