In a traditioanl spay a 2" to 3" or larger incision is made in the abdomen through which the ovarian ligament is blindly torn from the abdominal wall. This tearing may cause bruising and postoperative pain. Traditional spays require significant tension on the ovaries and uterus which may cause trauma and bleeding.
When performing a laparoscopic spay, the procedure is done through two or three tiny incisions in the abdomen, typically 3/16" in size. The procedure is performed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. Laparoscopic spays offer patients up to 65% less pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than traditional spays.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays over Traditional Surgery
- A recent study concluded laparoscopic spays caused less surgical stress and up to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open spay.
- The entire surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions rather than a larger abdominal opening. Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time
- Allows better visualization of the abdominal organs
- Controlled incisions eliminate pain and bruising caused by the tearing of tissue associated with traditional spays.
- In larger breed dogs gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.
Dr. Kristina offers this service to both patients of Sackville Animal Hospital as well as through referral.