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.
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:
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.
Previously, laparoscopic (AKA Keyhole) surgery was only available to people, however, Southern Cross Veterinary clinic has extensive experience with laparoscopic desexing dogs.
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.
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.
In a traditional castration, the surgeon makes a long incision between the scrotum and the penis and removes the entire reproductive organ (testicle) from the body. This is done by tearing the attaching ligament and painfully clamping and suturing the vessels connecting the testicles to the rest of the body. This process causes pain, inflammation, and bleeding, which increased recovery time and decreases patient comfort.
A minimally invasive castration is a new, less traumatic way of desexing your male dog. A much smaller incision is made in the same place as a traditional castration, however electrosurgery rather than a scalpel is used to prevent bleeding and reduce trauma. A specialist instrument called the Caiman(TM) is then used to seal and remove the testicles, painlessly
If you’d like to get your pet desexed at our clinic please call us on 9516 0234 or email us at [email protected]