Dr. Paul Hodges
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Why Laparoscopic over Traditional Method of Spay?
While a traditional spay is certainly effective, the availability of minimally invasive options in veterinary medicine offers significant improvements. A traditional spay involves a 3-4 inch abdominal incision and a full open abdominal surgery. The blood vessels are tied with sutures (stitches) and soft tissues stretched or torn to allow removal of the reproductive tract. In a laparoscopic spay a small 1cm abdominal incision is made, just large enough to introduce a small camera and set of instruments directly into the abdomen. The blood vessels and soft tissues are cauterized and cut. By cauterizing tissue, nerve endings and blood vessels are sealed, meaning that very few pain sensations will be transmitted and a minimal amount of bleeding will occur.
Less painful - a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed an average of a 65% decrease in pain scores when compared to traditional spay methods
Faster recovery - back to the park in 3 days!
Day surgery - your girl goes home the same day
Video of Laparoscopic Spay Being Performed.
Warning: this video contains actual surgical footage.
Laparoscopic vs. Traditional Canine Spay - click here
Lapspay.com article - click here
Research article on combined laparoscopic spay & gastropexy - click here
Research article comparing single port vs. multi-port laparoscopy - click here