SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

October 06, 2011 09:00 ET

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital Offers Minimally Invasive Surgical Operations

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - Hunt Valley Animal Hospital announced that it provides minimally invasive pet surgery. Just like with humans, minimally invasive surgery is considered less risky for animals because it involves fewer anatomic structures. The animal hospital says the surgery reduces the risk of infection, reduces recovery time, and minimizes pain. Dr. Allan Frank, veterinarian and founder of Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, has acquired advanced surgical skills through continuing coursework in laparoscopic surgeries, including minimally invasive spay and neuter operations. Dr. Frank's colleagues, Dr. Meghan Johnston, Dr. Gary Brooks and Dr. Courtney Jones have also trained in these minimally invasive surgery techniques. Established by Dr. Frank, the animal hospital has been serving the Hunt Valley and surrounding communities for over 25 years.

"Just like in humans, minimally invasive surgery for pets is far less risky than open surgery, involves fewer anatomic structures, and greatly reduces the risk of infection," said Dr. Frank. "Most importantly, there is far less pain and the recovery time is much shorter."

The animal hospital offers a variety of minimally invasive surgical operations, including gastropexy, spay surgery, and cryptorchid neuter surgery. "For a pet owner, any surgical operation your pet must undergo can be incredibly nerve wracking," said Dr. Frank. "We are excited to be one of the only animal hospitals in the area to offer patients minimally invasive surgery. Additionally, we are one of the only hospitals in the country to offer cutting-edge laparoscopic spay surgeries."

Laparoscopic spay surgeries only remove the ovaries (ovariectomy), rather than both the ovaries and the uterus. According to a study published by the Journal of Veterinary Surgery in 2006, ovariectomy delivers the same health benefits as traditional spay surgeries while reducing pain and disturbing less tissue.

During this surgery, gastropexy may also be performed. This minimally invasive operation tacks the stomach to the body wall to prevent the life threatening condition of stomach bloating and twisting in large breeds.

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital also provides surgery for brachycephalic breeds, such as pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, who are affected by elongated soft palates. A new surgical amputation technique corrects the elongated palate so dogs can comfortably breathe.

"Short-nosed breeds that have been bred to have relatively short muzzles and noses often experience breathing difficulties due to undersized or flattened breathing passages," said Dr. Frank. "Our new, minimally invasive surgical amputation technique is an innovative procedure that reduces recovery time and causes less pain. We have been successfully performing this procedure since 2005."

For pets with chronic nasal congestion, discharge, or nasal bleeding, rhinoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that may also be used to help identify chronic and acute nasal conditions. Cystoscopy is used to identify and diagnose lower urinary tract conditions.

"The goal with every surgery we perform is to do so in the safest, most humane way possible," said Dr. Frank. "The health and well being of your pet is our top priority."

Pet owners who wish to learn more about the minimally invasive surgical operations available at the animal hospital may do so by visiting the vet hospital's website,

Contact Information

  • Hunt ValleyAnimal Hospital
    Hunt Valley, MD