Laparoscopic splenectomy: Operative technique and outcome in three cats

Erica O'Donnell, Philipp Mayhew, William T Culp, Kelli Mayhew

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Clinical summary: The clinical findings, treatment and outcome for three cats that underwent laparoscopic splenectomy using bipolar vessel-sealing devices for resection of diffuse splenic disease are described. In each case, a three-portal laparoscopic technique was used. The spleen was manipulated and its mesentery and associated vessels sequentially cauterized and ligated to enable removal through a portal incision with minimal hemorrhage. Each of the three patients recovered from anesthesia without incident and was able to be discharged to the owner the next day. Practical significance: Laparoscopic splenectomy may be a safe and effective alternative to celiotomy in a select group of cats requiring splenectomy

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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