We are delighted to announce that Suanne, or surgery certificate holder, is now fully trained up and performing Laparoscopic bitch spays as well as other procedures.
Laparoscopic is ‘keyhole’ surgery and involves using a camera and small instruments used through a ‘channel’ to
perform the surgery. This normally means there are two incisions but they are both very small.
This technique is widely used in human surgery.
- Small wounds (1 – 2cm) and less tissue handling means less discomfort and a lot less pain after the operation
- Surgery is quicker so recovery is much quicker. Dogs can be back to normal exercise in half the time compared to normal surgery
- Surgery is more precise so only the areas we want to operate on are involved
- Less risk of side effects such as infection, bleeding and wound breakdown
- It is much easier to survey the rest of the abdomen to check it is normal as everything is in the ‘right place’
- A larger area of fur needs to be clipped
- In the unlikely event of complications, conversion to open surgery may be required
- Keyhole surgery is more expensive due to the training and extra equipment that is required
Other Laparoscopic Surgery
There are, of course, many other uses for this type of surgery. For example;
- Bladder surgery
- Biopsies such as liver and internal tumours
- Ear surgery
- Nose surgery
- Finding and removing retained testicles
- Looking in joints (arthroscopy)
If your bitch is due to be spayed or you have any questions about this keyhole technique and how it can benefit your pet, give us a call and ask to speak with Suanne or get in touch online.