Minimally Invasive Spaying
Endoscopic spaying - the gentle spaying
Many question the best surgical technique for spaying their female dog. Conventionally, the surgeon makes an incision of about 10 centimetres in the abdominal wall to access the reproductive organs. A much more gentle method is keyhole surgery by means of laparoscopy.
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy (from Greek) means "see into the abdomen". Laparoscopy is a branch of endoscopy (“to see inside”). This technique has been used for many years in the treatment of a variety of human conditions. For example, in gall bladder operations this method is standard.
How does the gentle method work?
In laparoscopic spaying only three small incisions (each about 5 mm) are required- one just below the navel and two more in the midline of the abdomen. A camera, inserted into the abdomen through one of these incisions, allows the surgeon to gain an overview of the procedure.
Through the other two incisions so-called "trocars" are introduced. These are thin tubes through which the surgeon can insert the necessary instruments into the abdominal cavity. The spaying is then carried out from the outside.
The advantages of gentle method:
- No pain after surgery due to the small cuts
- No suture dehiscence, i.e. no opening of the surgical wound due to licking or overstrain
- No requirement to keep the dog leashed
- Full mobility shortly after surgery (Agility, courses, hunting, etc.)
- Better cosmetic results