We are delighted to now be able to offer laparoscopic (key hole) surgery for certain procedures. Most commonly a bitch spay.

This offers a range of benefits to our patients.

Laparoscopic surgery involves the vet making a couple of small incisions into the abdomen to allow the camera and surgical instruments to be placed into the abdominal cavity. This is far less invasive procedure than a conventional surgical approach. The camera shows a magnified view of the internal organs which are shown on a screen. The vet then uses this camera to guide the surgical instruments to perform the procedure.


The differences and benefits of laparoscopic spays over conventional spays are as follows:


With laparoscopic surgery the surgical wounds are much smaller which in turn causes less tissue trauma. This speeds up healing time and reduces the risk of wound breakdown.

Only the ovaries are removed during a laparoscopic spay. This procedure means it is much easier to access where the ovaries are situated in the abdomen. Again this causes far less trauma to the patient meaning less post operative pain and a speedier recovery time.

The uterus is left in place, where as in conventional spays both ovaries and uterus are removed. The risk of pyometra (uterine infection) is however no longer present as it is the ovaries that produce the hormones which can cause this potentially life threatening condition.

A larger area of fur needs to be clipped for laparoscopic surgery. Any clipped area should grow back in 4-8 weeks.

Laparoscopy also gives the vet the opportunity to have a look around the abdomen and check that the other abdominal organs have no visual abnormalities.

- There is an increased cost for laparoscopic surgery due to the expensive equipment required to carry out the procedure.


We are also able to perform certain other procedures in a far less invasive manner such as liver biopsies and removing retained testicles. Laparoscopy can also be used for looking into the thoracic cavity.