Laparoscopic Spays at St Kitts Vets
Laparoscopic spays are a form of keyhole surgery where a female dog has its ovaries removed through small incisions, using specialised surgical instruments. The procedure is carried out with the help of a small camera, which is inserted into one of the incisions to give the surgeon a view of the ovaries. It is a much less invasive method than traditional neutering, resulting in improved comfort and faster healing.
What is the difference between a conventional spay and laparoscopic spay?
With a conventional spay surgery, a full ovariohysterectomy is done, where both the ovaries and womb are removed. In a laparoscopic procedure, only the ovaries are removed.
The other difference relates to the size of incisions made. Conventional spays involve one large incision, while laparoscopic spays are done via a couple of small (keyhole) incisions.
Advantages of laparoscopic spays
- Reduced post-operative pain with two small wounds
- Fewer stitches (which are dissolvable)
- Faster healing time
- Dog can go back to normal exercise after 5 days if all is healing well
- Reduced risk of complications
About the procedure
All laparoscopic spays will be carried out by Ana Murta, Soft Tissue Surgeon at ProVetSurg, from our Crookham Park practice. Surgery typically lasts between 25-40 minutes after patient preparation, with post-operative checks scheduled for 2 and 10 days later.
We are delighted to be offering this service to both registered clients and non-registered clients. Please get in touch with your local St Kitts branch to find out more and book an appointment.
Please note: Laparoscopic spays can only be carried out on dogs over 5kg.