Most people are now familiar with the concept of ‘keyhole’ surgery: the use of telescopically guided instrumentation to perform surgery through very small holes.

Laparoscopic surgery has become the ‘industry standard’ for human surgery, as it reduces length of hospital stay, allows an earlier return to function and creates a much smaller (and less painful) wound.

At Crossways, we can now offer laparoscopic surgery for a number of conditions, such as pericardiectomy, gut and liver biopsy, and removal of certain tumours.

However, probably the most common use is for neutering (spaying) of bitches. Routine spaying is considered a routine surgery, and most pets will recover within 24 hours or so. They well, however, need to be lead walked for 7-10 days following the procedure. The most painful part of a spay procedure is breaking the ovarian ligament. During a laparoscopic spay, the ovaries are isolated and then removed using a special tissue sealing device called ‘Ligasure.’ As the ligament is severed without stretching, there is much less post operative pain. Because laparoscopic surgery is ‘minimally invasive’, only 2 small (1cm) incisions are made. These small wounds are closed using 1-2 skin and muscle sutures. Because there is less muscle trauma, your pet may go back to normal exercise the day following a ‘lap spay.’

Our vets and nurses will be happy to discuss how ‘keyhole’ surgery may benefit your pet: just ask!