Outstanding care for Very Important Pets
01275 832410
 
 

Keyhole bitch spays - laparoscopy

Highcroft was one of the first veterinary practices in the country to offer laparoscopic, or "keyhole", bitch spays.

This is a safer, less invasive method of surgery that will give your pet much smaller wounds, less post operative pain and discomfort and a quicker recovery.

In a conventional spay a large incision is made to allow the surgeon good visualisation and handling and both the uterus and the ovaries are removed (ovariohysterectomy). Although this is an everyday procedure, it is major surgery as anyone who has had a hysterectomy will know!

However with keyhole surgery very small holes are made through the skin and muscles into the body (usually around 5mm diameter) through which a camera and long, slender, surgical instruments can be introduced to perform the surgery inside the body with maximum precision and minimal invasion.

The surgeon has excellent visualisation through the camera during the operation and can be certain that there are no complications before the wounds are stitched.

A keyhole spay is far less traumatic and only the ovaries are removed (ovariectomy).

There is no difference in the effect of the two operations and both techniques will stop the bitch from coming into season (what's more the uterine disease pyometra is still avoided as ovaries are required to contract the disease). Keyhole spaying, however, means your pet will have a quicker recovery with less post-operative pain and discomfort.

Please contact us for more information or call your surgery.

<<Back to list of topics

Register
your pet
Free first health check Join Healthy Pet Club
Specialists and Referrals

Highcroft Veterinary Referrals provides an exceptionally high level of expertise and service. The team includes some of the most highly qualified vets in their fields.

 Find out more
Open 7 days

You can visit us at our Whitchurch Vet Hospital and Surgery 7 days a week for routine consultations, at no extra cost and regardless of which branch you are registered with. See our surgery opening times.

 Find out more
What our clients say

We love receiving feedback from the pets we treat via their owners. Read what other clients have said about us and please leave us your comments.  All are welcome.

 Find out more
Pet gallery

Visit our gallery - a treat for all pet lovers - and upload a favourite photo of your pet. 

 Find out more