Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Minimally Invasive Surgeries



Dr. Kurt Schulz, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Peak Veterinary Referral Center provides a complete spectrum of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) and diagnostic procedures to ensure thorough, safe, and pain-free treatment of our patients.

The benefits of MIS have been clearly demonstrated in veterinary patients and include:

Small incisions

Improved visualization

Low risk of infection

Significantly less pain

Rapid recovery time

Shorter hospitalization

Reduced blood loss

Minimally invasive surgery replaces many open surgical procedures through the use of “keyhole” incisions (3mm to 20mm) and specialized cameras and instruments.  Our camera systems vary from 2mm to 5mm in diameter and our MIS instruments include extensive hand instrumentation and a ligasure sealing system for safe and rapid vessel sealing (hemostasis).

The surgical team at Peak offers MIS services inlaparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy.



Laparoscopic minimally invasive procedures include diagnostic and emergency procedures including hepatic, intestinal, and splenic biopsies, bladder stone removal, and foreign body removal. Elective procedures such as laparoscopic ovariectomy and gastropexy can dramatically decrease the pain and invasiveness in comparison to open procedures; however, as with all cases at Peak, they will be seen only on a referral basis from a primary care veterinarian.

Laparoscopic procedures:

Ovariectomy – (by referral only)



Liver biopsy

Intestinal biopsy

Bladder/urethral stone removal


Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)

Intestinal foreign body removal


At Peak we have performed rare procedures such as kidney stone removal, which dramatically reduce pain and trauma.  In almost all cases, laparoscopic patients can be discharged on the same day, reducing patient stress, and client costs.


Thoracoscopy may be performed through the abdominal diaphragm or through intercostal approaches.  Thoracoscopy is performed most commonly for treatment of pericardial effusion.  It may also be useful for diagnosis of diseases of the lungs and removal of smaller masses in the chest cavity.

Thorascopic procedures:

Pericardial window

Lung biopsy

Lymph node biopsy/removal

Pyothorax debridement and lavage

Thymoma excision


Arthroscopy has eliminated the need to perform open surgery on joints in almost all cases.  Dr. Schulz helped develop many arthroscopy techniques which he teaches internationally. He is the coauthor of the only veterinary arthroscopy textbook available (Small Animal Arthroscopy) and is the author of most of the current arthroscopy chapters in the leading veterinary textbooks (Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal,  Fossum’s Small Animal Surgery).  Arthroscopy provides better access to joints than open surgery and is usually be performed on an outpatient basis.

Arthroscopic procedures:

Elbow dysplasia

Shoulder OCD

Elbow OCD

Stifle OCD

Tarsal OCD

Arthroscopic assisted cruciate surgery with TPLO or extracapsular stabilization

Septic arthritis debridement and lavage

Shoulder instability

Biceps disease

Arthroscopic assisted fracture repair (IOHC)

Minimally invasive surgical techniques have clearly improved the treatment of numerous diseases in our veterinary patients. In addition, MIS has provided a less invasive method for elective procedures such as ovariectomy and gastropexy.   As with all medical and surgical treatments at Peak, a referral by a primary care veterinarian is required.  If you have any questions regarding these or other services please feel free to contact us at any time.