Laparoscopic Neutering/Spaying

London Vet Specialists is pleased to offer laparoscopic spaying of female dogs, carried out by our specialist surgeon, Dr Janet Kovak McClaran.

What is laparoscopic neutering?

A laparoscopic spay or neuter is where a female dog (a bitch) has its ovaries removed through a keyhole incision in the tummy, using specialised surgical instruments. This method of neutering is associated with less pain and faster healing than a traditional spay operation.

Traditional neutering of female dogs involves an operation whereby a hole, usually of about 5cm, is made in the midline of the tummy, or occasionally the flank, under general anaesthesia. The uterus and the ovaries are removed through this hole, and the bitch is subsequently unable to have puppies. The technical name for this operation is ovariohysterectomy.

In a laparoscopic spay, only the ovaries are removed. This means that the bitch is still unable to have puppies afterwards, but because of the smaller wound needed, recovery from the operation is more comfortable and much faster. Dogs are often back to their usual routine within a day.

Which dogs should have laparoscopic spays?

Any female dog will benefit from a laparoscopic spay. For larger breed dogs, particularly those at risk of a life-threatening condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) because of their deep chests, a laparoscopic spay is advantageous.

This is because it allows a procedure called a gastropexy to be performed at the same time as neutering. This is where the dog’s stomach is secured to the tummy wall to prevent it from moving into an abnormal position. For at-risk breeds, having both surgical procedures carried out at the same time takes away the need to have repeated operations.

Laparoscopic surgery requires both specialist equipment and an experienced surgeon to carry out the procedure. At London Vet Specialists, the surgery team is led by vet specialist Dr Janet Kovak McClaran, a world-leading surgeon in laparoscopic techniques.

The London Vet Specialists’ purpose-built minimally-invasive surgical suite has the most-advanced laparoscopic equipment available, akin to that found in human hospitals. The hospital is the only facility of its kind in London to have laparoscopic surgery available alongside a specialist service for emergency and critical care.

 

Booking your pet in for a laparoscopic spay

If you would like to find out more about laparoscopic neutering, please contact us and one of our team will be happy to talk it through with you. You can either book your pet directly in for the procedure or arrange it through your usual vet. Email appointments@londonvetspecialists.vet or call 0207 433 0155.