Laparoscopy means ‘examination of the abdomen’ and is the term used for the endoscopic examination of the abdomen either for diagnostic procedures or treatment. In specific circumstances this ‘key-hole’ surgical technique can provide a number of advantages over standard surgery.
The key-hole technique usually involves two or three small incisions rather than the single large incision used with standard surgery.
It can be used for neutering female dogs, neutering cryptorchid (with undescended testicles) male dogs and cats, and for taking biopsies (sampling) of specific organs.
Advantages of laparoscopy over conventional surgery include:
- Reduced pain from the surgical wounds
- Smaller surgical wounds
- A faster return to normal activity, due to improved patient comfort and reduced scar tissue formation
Laparoscopic or key-hole spays also carry the added benefit of reduced post operative pain due to intra-abdominal handling of the tissues and the lack of the need to break down the ovarian ligaments (suspension cords) to allow visualisation of the ovaries.
The procedure involves making three small (two of 5mm and one of 10mm) incisions and the removal of the ovaries (ovariectomy), leaving the uterus (the womb) in place. Standard open surgical spaying involves removal of the ovaries and uterus together (ovario-hysterectomy).
The key-hole procedure is quicker, less involved and less painful than the standard spay. There is no evidence that leaving the uterus behind results in any increased risk of incontinence or womb infection in the future when compared to conventional surgery.
Closure of the wounds will routinely be done with absorbable sutures in the skin; there is no need for suture removal afterwards.
If you are interested in learning more or booking your dog in for neutering please contact any of our surgeries for more information. We offer complimentary pre neutering appointments to discuss the most appropriate procedure for your pet. All laparoscopic operations are performed at our Storrington surgery.