Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Intermountain Pet Hospital's doctors and staff work hard to treat your pets' health problems as painlessly as possible. In cases where surgery is required, we look for options that will cause the least discomfort to the animal. Thanks to advances in the field of medical technology, we're able to conduct these effective, minimally-invasive procedures:

  • Laparoscopy—Abdominal and pelvic surgery
  • Thoracoscopy—Lung surgery

Procedure Details

For all of the surgery types listed above, our veterinarians make a small incision and place an endoscope and surgical tools inside the body cavity. This allows us to handle smaller surgeries, such as:

laproscopyBecause these procedures involve minimal trauma to animals' bodies, your pets can recover much quicker.

More Invasive Surgeries

Some situations require more extensive surgeries. These can include:

  • Some soft tissue surgeries
  • Some reproductive surgeries
  • Larger tumor removals
  • Foreign body removal
  • Cancer removal
  • More extensive exploratory surgeries
  • Orthopedic surgeries

Happily, Intermountain's veterinarians have the training, experience, and resources to perform these operations. Our well-equipped state-of-the-art facility can handle most surgical procedures your pet may require.


For all surgeries, we run diagnostic blood and lab work to ensure that your pet has no undetected, underlying issues. If complications arise, we can reschedule the surgery once we're sure that your pet can handle the anesthesia and the procedure.

Stages of a Surgery

Prior to surgery, your pet will receive pain medication to make him or her comfortable and relaxed while we prepare. We've had great success in using multi-modal anesthetic protocols, which ensure that your pet feels as little pain as possible.

During the surgery, one of our nurses will monitor your pet for changes in his or her vital signs. If a change occurs, the nurse and the veterinarian deal with them immediately.

After the operation and the recovery stage, you'll receive detailed instructions on how to care for your pet post-surgery. We'll also schedule follow-up appointments to make sure that the surgery solved your pet's problem.

For more information on Intermountain's surgical services, contact us.

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