Laparoscopy is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical technique that has been adapted from human medicine and now used in animal abdominal surgeries. It involves a small camera that allows the surgeon to perform the procedure via TV monitor rather than opening the patient up. The most popular laparoscopic surgery is the spay; others include gastropexy, cystotomy, exploratory surgery, and biopsies. The incisions are tiny, the postoperative pain is slight, and the recovery time is practically non-existent (the patient goes home the same day in great spirits like nothing ever happened!) Only 5% of U.S. veterinarians are trained in this modality. Dr. Marino is one of them.