Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen magnifies internal structures of the abdomen on a television monitor for more thorough examination. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy. At Countryside Pet Clinic we only perform spays laparoscopically as it is a less traumatic, less painful and safer surgery than a traditional spay.
When performing a laparoscopic spay, the procedure is done using a single port laparoscope through one tiny incision in the abdomen, typically 1/2" in size. The procedure is performed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. Laparoscopic spays offer patients up to 65% less pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than traditional spays.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays over Traditional Surgery
- A recent study concluded laparoscopic spays cause less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional spay
- The entire surgery is performed through one tiny incision rather than a larger abdominal opening. A smaller incision is less painful and reduces recovery time.
- Performed as an outpatient procedure so your pet recovers at home. Traditional spays typically require an overnight stay
- Laparoscopy allows for better visualization of abdominal organs
- Controlled incisions eliminate pain and bruising caused by the tearing of tissue associated with traditional spays
- In larger breed dogs, gastropexy can be performed at the time of the spay