This book is the first one entirely dedicated to laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, and it has brought together the most experienced surgeons from around the world in a joint mission to create an instructive review of minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy PDF
It is also the first book on the subject to be written by authors with significant experience of MIS in clinical populations of small animal patients. A strongly contributing factor to this community of veterinary surgeons has been the Veterinary Endoscopy Society (VES). Founded in 2003 by Dr. Eric Monnet, VES has brought veterinarians from around the world interested in endoscopic surgery together to share their ideas and experiences in the field of veterinary endoscopy. From this platform, a network of dedicated veterinarians formed, sharing a passion for surgical endoscopy.
The editors are indebted to these experts and fine colleagues for their willingness to share their expertise and for their time and effort spent in the undertaking of this project. It is because of these authors we can share the most current information with the readership.
Although the editors believe that this book represents a certain “coming of age” for the field of veterinary laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, there is no doubt that this represents perhaps the end of the beginning. It is our hope that in the years to come the procedures described in the book will be performed more frequently.
We also hope for that expansion to be paralleled with an appreciation for the value of critical scientific evaluation of results and outcomes. Although much data exists in the human literature to validate the benefits of many minimally invasive approaches we should not be complacent in the knowledge that if it is better in people, it must be better in our small animal patients.
Ongoing and future studies performed using the principles of evidence-based medicine should form the bedrock of this subspecialty, and the results of these studies should guide our recommendations and indications for MIS in the future.
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