Interview with Dr. Danielle Dugat
Laparoscopic biopsies are routinely performed at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences to help diagnose diseases of the liver and kidneys in critically ill patients. This procedure is a quick, minimally invasive way to obtain a sample of these organs.
In the past, obtaining these biopsies was a major surgical procedure requiring a large exploratory incision. Laparoscopic biopsies are performed through very small incisions, guided by a tiny video camera, reducing the time the patient is under anesthesia, reducing the risk of infection, and allowing for a quicker recovery with less pain.
Many patients with liver or kidney disease are extremely ill and cannot withstand long periods of anesthesia or extensive surgery, yet a biopsy of the affected tissue is needed to diagnose their disease and direct their treatment.
Laparoscopic biopsy is a great tool to offer when a sample is needed to understand the underlying disease when the patient’s condition requires a quick procedure.