You know it makes sense ... 'prevention is better than cure'
Spaying bitches prevents unwanted pregnancies and reduces the risk of developing mammary tumours and womb infections. It is a very common procedure we perform most days at our clinics
For a number of years we have been offering key hole surgery with its main use at Folly Gardens Vets for lap spays, or laparascopic neutering, of bitches.
Traditionally carried out by open surgery, bitch spaying involves a large incision to remove the uterus and ovaries. Keyhole bitch spaying is cleaner, safer, and allows for a quicker recovery with fewer complications.
What are the main advantages of lap spays?
- Smaller wounds
- Reduced post-operative pain. Studies have shown that keyhole surgery can reduce the level of pain experienced when neutering female dogs by up to 60% when compared with traditional methods
- Faster recovery time following surgery
The procedure is a safe and valuable alternative to the traditional spay operation.
Can other surgery be performed laparoscopically?
Treatment of undescended testicles.
Yes. Key-Hole surgery is very useful for the retrieval and extraction of undescended testicles.
Traditionally, finding undescended testicles requried a large incision alongside the skin of the penis to allow entry through the abdominal muscle. Surgeons would “have a look around” until the undescended testicle was located and then ligate the blood vessel supplying the testicle through this incision.
With key-hole surgery, three, 5 mm holes are made, one each for the camera and 2 instruments. Recovery times are much, much quicker and significantly less post operative discomfort is seen.
How does keyhole bitch spaying work?
Under the supervision of a Senior Veterinary Surgeon, your dog will be anaesthetised, and their abdomen will be clipped. A small incision of approximately 5mm is made close to the umbilicus, through which a camera is inserted. At the same time, the abdomen is inflated with a special medical gas. Two more 5 mm incisions are then made in the abdomen, through which the surgical instruments are inserted.
The womb and ovaries are then grasped, and the blood vessels are safely ligated. The ovaries are removed through one of the mini incisions, before the incisions are finally closed with the use of just one or two stitches.
Sometimes vets find a problem that requries us to visually investigate the abdomen. If this is required, the ability to look with a minimally invasive has real benefits to the pet. Inserting a camera into a 5 mm hole is much less invasive compared with a standard approach. We can often identify and treat conditions diagnosed with this surgical approach.
Keyhole surgery is alot less invasive and we can collect liver, pancreatic, gastrointestinal, lymph node and kidney biopsies very easily, especially in pets that are unwell.
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