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Pet Arthroscopy and Laparoscopy

Pet Arthroscopy and Laparoscopy in Cary, NC


Arthroscopy (or scoping a joint) is a procedure used for both the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of joints. Following general anesthesia, a specialized telescope (arthroscope) is placed into the joint via a small incision. A camera is attached to the telescope, and the images within the joint are transmitted to a TV monitor. The surgeon will evaluate the joint structures and treat the joint pathologies using various specially designed instruments. Depending on the procedure, an additional 1 to 3 small incisions will be created to accommodate the specially designed arthroscopic instruments. Often the surgeon will first assess the severity and extent of the joint disease, followed by a surgical plan for treatment of the joint disease.

Quartet Surgery features the innovative NanoScope system, a medical-grade, all-in-one, needle-size arthroscopy system that features a disposable camera with chip-on-tip image sensor technology. The portable system allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive arthroscopy during preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of care-operative arthroscopy.


Laparoscopic techniques are used for diagnostic procedures and biopsy but also for performing surgical procedures, such as removing foreign bodies and polyps, ovariectomy, gastropexy, and laparoscopic-assisted cystotomy.

The laparoscopic procedure involves passing a small needle into the abdomen and inflating the abdomen with gas (carbon dioxide) in order to distend it and allow for visualization and working space. Approximately 2 to 3 portals are usually made, which involve skin incisions that are 5-10mm in length. A scope is placed through a portal to view the organs in the abdomen. Several other instruments, such as electrocautery, laparoscopic surgical instruments, and lasers, can be placed via the other portals to perform the surgical procedures needed. The images from the scope are magnified on a monitor in the operating room, which gives an excellent view of the internal organs.