Here at Okeford Veterinary Centre we are proud to offer keyhole surgery. Laparoscopic or keyhole procedures have been performed on humans for many years and have significant benefits over traditional open surgeries. Neutering is recommended to avoid unwanted pregnancies and reduce the risk of some cancers and womb infections.
In contrast with traditional neutering, keyhole surgery is a much safer, less invasive method carried out through two or three small incisions rather than one large incision in the abdomen. A camera and long, thin, surgical instruments are used inside the body cavity allowing precise surgical procedures to be carried out with minimal trauma. Only the ovaries are removed which shortens surgical time with no adverse effects on long term outcome.
The main benefits of keyhole surgery are:
- Less post-operative pain and discomfort
- Significantly reduces recovery time compared to a traditional spay
- Two or three smaller incisions rather than one larger incision
- Less risk of complications and infections
Some of the procedures we can offer include:
- Laparoscopic spays
- Laparoscopic biopsies
- Removal of retained testicles
- Abdominal exploratory surgery
- Prophylactic gastropexy
If you are interested in further information regarding laparoscopic procedures or would like to find out about booking an appointment for your pet, please call us on 01837 52148.