Laproscopic (Keyhole) Surgery

Keyhole spays are less painful and have a faster recovery time compared to standard surgery. To book your Bitch in for a Laproscopic Spay please contact us. We currently only offer Keyhole spays for dogs.

What is Keyhole Surgery?

Keyhole surgery is a minimally invasive method of performing surgery. A small camera is placed through a small incision to view internal structures that are magnified on a video monitor. Special precision instruments are used for incredibly fine/delicate handling of tissue. 

Keyhole surgery is popular for many operations in humans due to less pain, less infections and a faster recovery. We are now able to offer these same benefits to pets when having keyhole surgery with us instead of traditional open surgery.

How is Keyhole surgery different?

Blood vessles are sealed with a specialist instrument rather than using suture material.

“Traditional” surgery requires a much longer incision (approximately 5-10cm) so the surgeon is able to directly see and safely handle internal structures. Keyhole surgery uses two incisions about 0.5-1cm in size.

Carrying out “traditional” open surgery through a small incision risks the surgeon not properly seeing internal structures and causing damage while trying to pull internal structures up through a small incision: this is not the same as laparoscopic keyhole surgery.

How much does it cost?

For bitches between 10-25Kg we charge £600. This includes the general anaesthetic, the surgery and postoperative care and pain relief.

We offer a discount for our PawPlan members that have been a member for at least 6 months.

Faster recovery and less pain

There is good evidence available that Laproscopy is less painful and results in a faster recovery time than routine surgery.

The activity of dogs for 48 hours (2 days) after surgery was reduced by 62% in dogs that had open surgery but only 25% by dogs that had laparoscopic surgery.

Culp, W.T.N., Mayhew, P.D. and Brown, D.C. (2009) The effect of laparoscopic versus open ovariectomy on postsurgical activity in small dogs. Veterinary surgery : VS 38, 811–7

Nine of ten dogs in the group who had open surgery needed extra pain relief as they displayed high pain scores: none in the group who underwent laparoscopy needed extra pain relief.

Devitt, C.M., Cox, R.E. and Hailey, J.J. (2005) Duration, complications, stress, and pain of open ovariohysterectomy versus a simple method of laparoscopic-assisted ovariohysterectomy in dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 227, 921–7.