Laparoscopic Spay (Ovariectomy)

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy in Dogs and Cats: Minimally Invasive Surgical Advancements 

Laparoscopic ovariectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure often referred to as a "lap spay," is a cutting-edge surgical technique gaining traction in veterinary medicine. Unlike traditional spaying methods, this minimally invasive procedure involves removing only the ovaries, leaving the uterus intact in female dogs and cats. The technique utilizes small incisions, typically less than 1 centimeter in size, resulting in faster recovery times, fewer complications, and reduced post-operative pain for our furry companions. 

What Happens During Laparoscopic Spay Surgery?

During a laparoscopic ovariectomy, specialized equipment and techniques are employed. A  small camera, inserted through one incision, allows the veterinary surgeon to visualize the ovaries on a monitor. Other tiny instruments are used through additional small incisions to carefully remove the ovaries while preserving the uterus. The minimal invasiveness of this technique significantly contributes to its success. 

What Are Some Of The Benefits of Laparoscopic Ovariectomy? 

Laparoscopic ovariectomy has gained popularity among pet owners due to its numerous advantages for spaying female dogs and cats. One of the primary advantages of laparoscopic ovariectomy is the diminutive incisions, leading to reduced trauma. This results in faster recoveries for pets, often allowing them to return to normal activities sooner. Moreover, the smaller incisions decrease the risk of complications and post-operative pain, providing a more comfortable experience for our beloved animals. 

  • Minimal Scarring: Unlike traditional spaying methods that require a larger incision, laparoscopic ovariectomy involves tiny incisions. This results in minimal scarring, leading to a cosmetically appealing outcome.
  • Faster Recovery: Laparoscopic spays typically lead to quicker post-operative recovery times. Pets often experience less pain and discomfort, allowing them to return to normal activities sooner.
  • Reduced Risk of Infection: Smaller incisions mean reduced exposure to external contaminants, lowering the risk of infection post-surgery.
  • Less Pain: Laparoscopic ovariectomy is associated with less pain and discomfort for pets. This is particularly beneficial for older or smaller dogs and cats.
  • Shorter Anesthesia Time: Laparoscopic procedures are generally quicker, which means pets spend less time under anesthesia. This reduces the potential risks associated with prolonged anesthesia.
  • Improved Visualization: Laparoscopy provides our veterinarians with a clearer and magnified view of the surgical area. This allows for greater precision and minimizes the chances of unintentional damage.
  • Decreased Post-Operative Complications: Laparoscopic ovariectomy has been shown to result in fewer post-operative complications, such as swelling or seromas.
  • Less Bleeding: The laparoscopic technique allows for excellent control over blood vessels, resulting in minimal bleeding during the procedure.
  • Enhanced Patient Comfort: Smaller incisions and less trauma contribute to increased patient comfort, making laparoscopic ovariectomy a more humane option.
  • High Success Rate: Laparoscopic ovariectomy has a high success rate, with most pets experiencing a smooth and uncomplicated recovery. The veterinarians at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital have successfully performed thousands of laparoscopic ovariectomies for over twenty years.

Expertise in Laparoscopic Spay Surgery at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital 

Sylvan Veterinary Hospital stands as a pioneering institution in the field of laparoscopic ovariectomy. Since 2002, we have proudly executed thousands of successful procedures in our dedication to advanced surgical techniques and exceptional patient care. Our extensive experience and commitment to innovation make us a trusted choice for pet owners seeking this advanced procedure. 

Laparoscopic ovariectomy in dogs and cats represents a significant advancement in veterinary surgery. Its minimally invasive nature, resulting in smaller incisions, faster recoveries, fewer complications, and reduced post-operative discomfort, makes it an appealing choice for pet owners. Our veterinarians at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital are leading the way, as this advanced technique ensures the well-being and comfort of our furry companions.