Keyhole (laparoscopic) spaying - new to Much Wenlock

keyhole laparoscopic spay neutering Much Wenlock Bridgnorth

Spaying has many health benefits for your female dog; as well as preventing unwanted litters it can also protect them from developing serious health issues in the future, like infection of the womb or certain types of cancer. However, we recognise that while this is a ‘routine’ operation for us vets it can be a very worrying time for pet owners. Happily there are advances in surgical technique that can help set your mind at rest about your pet’s procedure and recovery.

The new kid on the block – key hole spaying

Key hole spays are performed via three very small holes in the abdomen. This allows a laparoscope (a very small magnifying camera) to view the organs on a TV screen and provides access for fine instruments to remove the ovaries and seal the blood vessels. Average surgery lasts 20-40 minutes resulting in shorter anaesthetic times, reducing risk. Post-operative pain and recovery times are reduced due to smaller incisions, fewer stitches and less trauma to the internal tissues. This means that a faster return to normal exercise levels is often possible.

The older (but still effective) method – traditional spaying

These are performed via a mid-line incision, large enough that the surgeon has a full view of the womb and ovaries. During the procedure both the womb and ovaries are removed. Average surgery lasts 30-90 minutes, involves a larger incision and the internal tissues experience a greater amount of stretching and pulling during the procedure. This can lead to greater post-operative pain levels and a longer recovery period.

Why is keyhole surgery not used more for pets?

Keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery requires significant investment in terms of specialised equipment and staff training. For this reason it is not possible to offer this service in many veterinary practices. Severn Edge Vets is proud to have invested in the best available equipment and expertise to bring this gold standard of surgery to our clients.

Key hole technique is not just limited to spaying female dogs – it can also be used to castrate male dogs in cases where there is an undescended testicle, again removing the need to make a large abdominal incision. It can also be used to perform other minimally invasive soft tissue surgeries, with the same benefits of reduced pain and faster recovery times.

Contact us to book your appointment for keyhole neutering at Bridgnorth or Much Wenlock 

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