Portland Vets is able to offer the latest in ‘keyhole’ or ‘laparoscopic techniques’ for spaying dogs, retained testicles and abdominal biopsy surgery. We use top of the range equipment for this Gold Standard procedure, which is only available in a handful of veterinary practices in the UK .
It has significant benefits over conventional ‘open’ surgery:
- Reduced pain
- Smaller wounds
- Quicker recovery time
- Less scarring
- Fewer post-operative complications (wound infections)
Laparoscopic spays are a little more expensive than the traditional open method of spaying, due to the cost and maintenance of the specialised equipment and training. But in keeping with Portland Vets ethos of offering an outstanding and caring service, we feel it is important and necessary that this service is an option for our patients.
During a laparoscopic ovariectomy only the ovaries are removed. This shortens the surgical time, reduces the risks involved during and after surgery and reduces the pain compared to the traditional method of spaying. In the traditional method we may remove just the ovaries but occasionally the uterus is removed too through a larger incision.
Years of clinical research have revealed that there are no medical advantages to removing a healthy uterus, with the outcomes of both types of surgery being equal. Both will prevent uterine pyometra (potentially fatal infection of the womb) as the ovaries are needed for this condition to develop.
If you would like to book this procedure for your bitch or discuss it further with one of our Vets or Veterinary Nurses please call 01342 327799 to book an appointment.