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Marathon Veterinary Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the region to offer minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. Compared to traditional surgery, this approach is safer and more comfortable, provides faster healing and a quicker return to your pet’s normal activities.


What is Laparoscopy?

Instead of creating a large opening in the patient’s body for a procedure, laparoscopic surgery uses small “hole punch size” incisions. Tiny instruments and a laparoscope (a high-definition camera) are inserted through these little holes, providing the surgeon with a very clear, magnified view as he works to heal their pet patient.

Over the past 15 years, laparoscopy has become the standard of care in human medicine and has significantly reduced recovery time in people. The same is true for our pets!

Advantages of Laparoscopy vs. Traditional Surgery:

*Significantly smaller incisions à Less chance of infection & less wound care for you!

*Less invasive à Less chance of complications during or after surgery

*Decreased pain after surgery à Your fur-baby will be more comfortable

*Faster recovery time à They will be back to their spritely self in no time

*Less blood loss à A lot safer and faster since the surgeon has greater visibility

A study published in the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less postoperative pain than traditional surgical spays.

Common Uses for Laparoscopy:

There are many different surgeries for which a laparoscopic approach can be used. The most common procedures conducted at our hospital include:

*Minimally invasive spays

*Intestinal biopsies

*Liver biopsies

*Minimally invasive gastropexy (prevents twisted stomach)


At Marathon Veterinary Hospital, we pride ourselves in offering the best possible care available for our patients.

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Marathon Veterinary Hospital


5001 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL 33050

Clinic Hours

Mon-Sat: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sun: Closed