Keyhole “Minimally invasive” Spays
We are proud to be one of the very few clinics in NI to offer “Keyhole Surgery”, including “Keyhole spays” sometimes called “Lap Spays”, and the life-saving Prophylactic Gastropexy.
We use a “One-Port” high-tech, minimally-invasive surgical option for all our clients. We have recently invested in the latest High Definition equipment imported from America. Our vets have undergone thorough training by experienced surgeons.
We strongly recommend the Keyhole option now for all our routine bitch spays. For years now, our team have been very proud of our traditional bitch spay procedure. We believe that we have provided a very refined version of the traditional spay, with superb pain relief, minimal wound size, and no skin sutures. We are still proud of these ops, and will continue to offer them. But……this new technique is a real advance!
Kehole spays allow us to perform either a full ovariohysterectomy (removing both ovaries and the entire womb), or just to remove the ovaries themselves (called an ovariectomy) through the tiniest wound imaginable!! The post-op discomfort is just so much less.
The intra-operative time for either traditional or keyhole spay is quite similar. In the larger, or overweight bitch, the keyhole op is likely to be a shorter and safer operation. We are all convinced that the modest extra cost is more than worth it, with the reward of less pain, smaller wounds, and rapid return to normal exercise.
Please talk to us if you have any questions, or if you would like to book your girl in! 028 9127 1364 We can operate any weekday.
Some people experience pain in the left shoulder after keyhole surgery – dogs don’t get that! In people, it is thought to be due to gas trapped under the diaphragm: it just doesn’t happen in our patients!!
The choice of ovariectomy or full ovariohysterectomy is discussed on a case-by-case basis. We, and more and more forward-thinking vets, are recommending ovariectomy, unless there is uterine pathology already present (eg. in an older bitch). Thus, most often, it will be an ovariectomy we will recommend. A recent research paper outlines the long term safety of simply removing the ovaries alone. There have never been any reports of womb tumours arising in bitches who have had early overiectomy.
We believe “keyhole”, or “minimally invasive”, surgeries are the way of the future: we are proud to be one of the very few clinics in NI offering these sorts of operations.
The company who manufacture our equipment, Biovision, have produced a number of useful videos explaining the benefits. Please be aware that these videos have graphic intra-operational pictures included!
Keyhole Gastropexy: Saves lives of larger breed dogs at risk of gastric torsion. If you have a larger dog – especially a Great Dane, Weimaraner, Irish Setter or Labrador/Retriever please click here to check out the new gastropexy option as well.
Health Benefits of an Early Spay
No matter which method you choose your wee one will benefit:
- Dramatically reduce (by 700%) the risk of breast cancer, which remains a big killer of entire bitches
- Stop unwanted heats/seasons – the inconvenience of three weeks of bleeding per vagina, and attractiveness to male dogs.
- Reduce the risk of false pregnancies, a common and distressing condition.
- Remove the risk of a pyometra – a life-threatening womb infection very common in older or middle-aged entire bitches.
- Reduce the number of unwanted puppies (NI still has far more stray dogs unnecessarily put to sleep than any other region in the UK).
- Increase the likelihood of obesity – it is important that neutered bitches are fed slightly less (approx. 10%) than entire bitches. They only get fat if you overfeed them!
- Increase the chances of a urinary leakage problem. This occurs in entire bitches too, and can be managed by drops, tablets, or in very rare, extreme cases, by a surgical procedure. Set against the benefits, most vets believe this risk is an acceptable one. We have all had to put bitches to sleep because of breast cancer. This is especially distressing, as these deaths are so easily preventable.