Key hole surgery (laparoscopy)
Blake Vets is now able to offer the latest in “keyhole” techniques for spaying dogs. Using top of the range equipment, this advanced procedure, which only a handful of veterinary practices in the UK offer, has significant benefits over conventional “open” surgery.
The benefits of keyhole surgery
The benefits of keyhole surgery over conventional open surgery include:
- Reduced Pain
- Faster Recovery
- Small surgical wounds
- Less scarring
- Fewer post-operative complications (i.e. wound infection)
Keyhole spays can usually be done in any dog over 5 kg.
How is keyhole spaying done?
- First the abdomen is inflated with sterile carbon dioxide gas to create an operating space.
- A thin (5mm) surgical telescope/endoscope is inserted into the abdomen so that the surgeon can visualise the magnified organs on a TV screen.
- Specialised instruments are then introduced into the abdomen through small (5mm) holes.
- The vet then carries out the procedure under direct visualisation.
- The laparoscopic spay involves removal of the ovaries whereas a conventional spay removes the uterus as well. Removal of just the ovaries is a quicker and less traumatic procedure.