Keyhole Spay

At Midleton Vets we are always looking to improve our services, bringing new and better techniques to the care we provide our patients; laparoscopy or ‘keyhole’ surgery is just one example of how we achieve this.  Laparoscopy can be used for a number of surgical procedures, ovariectomy (bitch spay) being perhaps the most common.  The benefits to patients can be numerous.

Laparoscopy involves making two or three small surgical incisions into a body cavity, through which instrumentation and importantly, a camera can be passed.  The camera allows the surgeon to visualise organs and other structures.  The surgeon uses long-handled instruments to view, manipulate or remove certain tissues remotely.

Patients tend to recover more quickly from surgery and with less pain.  This is in part due to the smaller incisions, which are faster to heal, and, because of the precision and size of the instruments used, it is less invasive than a surgeon physically handling tissues and organs.  For laparoscopic bitch spays we employ the ovariectomy approach involving removing just the ovaries.  This is in contrast to the traditional spay (ovariohysterectomy) where both the ovaries and the uterus are removed.  With no evidence suggesting that leaving the uterus behind causes problems, in doing so, we further decrease the invasiveness of the procedure, and make anaesthesia duration significantly shorter too.    If you think your pet might benefit from the laparoscopic approach to upcoming surgery, our team would be delighted to discuss this with you further.

Both Laparoscopic and traditional spays are day procedures in hospital. Your pet will be admitted to the hospital by the nurse on duty on the morning of her surgery and will receive a full clinical exam. Following a light pre-anaesthetic sedation, your pet will undergo her operation under a full general anaesthetic. She will be recovered in the hospital by our caring team of nurses and will be discharged to you the same evening with full post-operative care instructions. A post-operative wound check is carried out 7 days after the procedure.