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Laparoscopic Desexing

The safest, most comfortable way to desex your pet.

Many pet owners now understand the importance of desexing their pets.

Southern Cross Vet believes that owners should have the option of the most advanced and safest methods of doing so, and therefore now offer the laparoscopic spey.

This minimally invasive surgery is heralded as a revolution in human medicine, laparoscopic surgery (compared to ‘open or keyhole’ surgery) is the standard of care for safety, comfort and return to normal activity. Now there is an even simpler approach to laparoscopy – single port lap and Southern Cross Vet offers the same standard of care to what humans receive in the best hospitals.

Over the last decade veterinary medicine has begun approving minimally invasive techniques to earn the same benefits endoscopy provides humans: less pain, reduced trauma and quicker recovery time. Procedures that have conventionally required large incisions are now performed through keyhole surgery. This technique has been advanced to perform the most common abdominal surgery in dogs and cats; the spey. The laparoscopic procedure enables the surgeon to see inside the body more clearly and perform more precise work

Dr Sam Kovac stated “having a dog spayed is a major surgical procedure. It can be a worrying time for owners and we want to provide the best possible service. By providing the option of the laparoscopic spey we can ensure owners we are performing the safest and quickest procedure for their beloved pet”.

The difference in the amount of disruption to the animal’s body is noteworthy, and that means less pain and a faster healing time. While it is accurate that a pet will likely suffer no long-term consequences from a traditional spay, it is also true that the procedure is harder on her in the short term, even with correct pain management.Desexing your female dog is an important milestone in their life, and we are privileged to offer a safe, more comfortable alternative to a conventional spey.

What is laparoscopic desexing?

A small incision under 10 millimetres is made in her tummy using an electric device called cautery. Through this single ‘port’, special devices are inserted:

  • High definition camera
  • Fibre-optic light source to illuminate the tummy from the inside
  • A dainty little device called the Caiman which gently dissects and cuts tissue

Once these instruments are in place, the surgeons perform the operation by dissecting the ovary away from other tissues. This is all done by observing the beautiful magnified images on the LCD screens, to guide the precise direction of the instruments. The surgeon doesn’t touch any of the tissue during the procedure. The ovary is then removed through the same port that the instruments are inserted.

Once the instruments are removed, the port is sealed closed and the patient is then handed over to our Nursing Team to monitor for a couple of hours, before she is allowed to go home.

More information on Laparoscopic Desexing

Previously, laparoscopic (AKA Keyhole) surgery was only available to people, however, Southern Cross Veterinary clinic has extensive experience with laparoscopic desexing for our female patients.

Why choose Southern Cross to desex your female dog:

  1. Our surgical staff have performed many hundreds of laparoscopic spays
  2. We perform the procedure through a SINGLE keyhole (as opposed to 2 or 3), making our desexing operations less traumatic

Why should you should consider making the decision for your female dog to be desexed laparoscopically:

  1. Comfort
    laparoscopic desexing is the GENTLEST method to desex her.
  2. Fast return to normal activities
    keeping your pet still for 10 days after the surgery is not required with laparoscopic desexing as opposed to the conventional technique; plus there are no stitches with this method.
  3. No risk of bleeding and haemorrhage
    during or after the surgery
  4. Less medication
    Reduced need for pain killers post op
  5. Minimal infection risk
    as the surgeon doesn’t directly touch any tissue or organs.

Traditional Versus Keyhole Spay

In a traditional spay, the surgeon makes a long incision into the abdomen and then removes the entire reproductive system from the body by tearing the ovarian ligaments. This tearing causes bleeding, pain and inflammation, increasing recovery time and risk of complication.

A keyhole spay is totally different. One or two very small (5mm) wounds are created through the skin and muscles into the abdominal cavity allowing the insertion of a fibre-optic camera and long, thin specialist instruments.

The surgery is entirely performed inside the body, with maximum precision and minimal invasion and trauma. This is a stark contrast to conventional surgery. With laparoscopic, only the ovaries are removed (Ovariectomy) which shortens surgical time and further reduces the risks involved.

Recuperation and Medication

Pets are on their feet, feeling fine and are even able to walk home with ease the day of the surgery, and minimal pain killers are needed post op.

There is a much lower risk of infection with this form of surgery and pets are able to get back to normal within a day or two, keeping them happy, and you feeling less guilty.

The reason for the price difference:

  1. The highly specialised equipment required to perform it is costly to invest in
  2. The skill of the surgeons performing the procedure require a high degree of training and experience

If you’d like to get your pet desexed at our clinic please call us on 9516 0234 or email us at reception@southerncrossvet.com.au