We are pleased to announce that the Stocks Veterinary Centre is now able to offer the laparoscopic technique for bitch spays in addition to the conventional surgical approach.
How are bitch spays traditionally performed?
In the traditional surgical technique a midline incision is created approximately 5-10cm in length. The ovaries attachments to the body wall are broken down and the blood vessels are tied off to prevent bleeding. The entire uterus and ovaries are removed (ovario-hysterectomy).
How are laparoscopic bitch spays performed?
In this technique two or three small incisions are made into the abdomen (2-3cm). A special camera is passed through one of these ports and special instruments are then used to perform the surgery through the ‘keyholes’. Only the ovaries are removed in this technique as long as the uterus is healthy. Please be aware that the clip patch is quite large for these procedures, the whole abdomen and up both sides. Occasionally it is not possible to complete the procedure laparoscopically, and in these cases they can be converted to the conventional approach
What are the advantages of laparoscopic spaying?
- Less pain post operatively
- Quicker recovery time on the day of the operation
- Quicker return to exercise (5 days vs 10 days)
- Less trauma to tissues
- Generally considered safer
- Currently available for dogs heavier than 10kg only
- Smaller surgical wounds meaning less risk of problems with wounds