Meet Leo! Leo first came to see us for not eating well when we found elevated liver values on his blood-work. In order to find the cause of these elevated values, we performed an abdominal ultrasound (performed by Dr. Abbey Burgess) and a minimally-invasive laparoscopic liver biopsy (performed by Dr. Dale Lake and our veterinary student extern - Holly Sawyer). The purpose of the ultrasound was to evaluate the liver's internal composition.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic camera and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions into the abdomen (. Through this technique, we were able to visualize Leo's liver and obtain small samples for biopsy and culture to help us determine the cause of elevated values.
At our facility, we are also able to perform laparoscopic surgery for spay, gastropexy (tacking the stomach to the abdominal wall to help prevent stomach rotation due to bloat), as well as obtain biopsies of some organs as we did for Leo.