What is keyhole surgery?

Keyhole surgery refers to surgery performed through very small incisions, usually 1cm long, using a camera system called a laparoscope to see inside the body and perform surgery.

Through these small incisions the surgeon can see all of the internal organs more clearly than with conventional surgery.

Surgery is performed by introducing one or more instruments into the body cavity and using the images from the camera on a TV screen to guide the surgeon.

Keyhole bitch spay

Bitch spays are one of the most common surgeries performed in dogs.

Currently this involves major abdominal surgery to remove both the ovaries and uterus, obviously this surgery is not without some discomfort for the dog. We are now happy to offer our clients the option of  keyhole bitch spays where the ovaries alone are removed.

There are many benefits to this minimally invasive approach including:

  • Shorter anaesthetic times
  • 2-3 small incisions (rather than 1 long incision) Less traumatic for the dog as the surgeon doesn’t directly handle the tissue
  • The instruments used are small and allow for fine/delicate handling of tissue
  • Allows for excellent visualisation of the abdominal organs making the procedure easier
  • Keyhole bitch spays are 65% less painful than normal “open” surgery
  • There are fewer complications with the surgery
  • There is less aftercare required compared to a normal spay.

Other Procedures

Keyhole surgery can be used to investigate and treat many diseases including the following:

  • Exploratory surgery removal of retained testicles
  • Liver biopsies
  • Pancreatic biopsies
  • Bladder surgery in females
  • Nasal surgery

please ask any of our staff for further information

 Keyhole bitch spays - the science

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Surgery in 2006, compared laparoscopic (keyhole) removal of the ovaries only with removing ovaries and uterus in a traditional spay. The study conclusions indicate a number of benefits. No significant differences between techniques were observed with regards to frequency of long term urogenital problems, such as, urinary incontinence or disease of the uterus. This made laparoscopic spaying the preferred method in the healthy bitch in this study.

The study stated "canine ovariectomy (laparoscopic spay) can replace ovariohysterectomy (traditional spay) as the procedure of choice for routine neutering of healthy female dogs.” Study findings reveal laparoscopic spaying is 65% less painful and will cause less trauma for our patients by eliminating the need to remove the uterus and the trauma involved in that process.

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