Monday, May 4, 2009

Laparoscopic Spay

Because Your Pet deserves the Best Care available

What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen magnifies internal structures of the abdomen on a TV monitor for thorough examination. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy. In recent years, laparoscopy has been adopted as less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional spays.

What is the Difference?

Traditional Spays

In traditional spays a 2” to 3” incision is made in the abdomen through which the ovarian ligament is torn from the abdominal wall. This tearing may cause bruising to the abdominal wall and postoperative pain. By performing the procedure laparoscopically the patient experiences less trauma and minimal pain.

Laparoscopic Spays

In laparoscopic spays the procedure is performed through two or three small incisions in the abdomen, typically 3/16” in size depending the size of the animal. With the laparoscope we are able to perform the surgery with magnified views of the organs, allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. With laparoscopic spays we are able to offer our patients reduced pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than with traditional spays.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays over Traditional Surgery

1.) Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time.
2.) Controlled cuts minimize pain and bruising caused by tearing tissue in traditional spays.
3.) Simple to perform and involves few complications
4.) Allows for excellent visualization of abdominal organs.
5.) The entire surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions rather than a larger abdominal opening.
6.) In larger breed dog’s gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.

1 comment:

isilwath said...

We just adopted a cat from a rescue. She was spayed 12 days before we got her (laparoscopic). I did not like the feel of her belly so I took her to my vet.

He could feel nothing wrong with her innards: no inflammation of organs, no signs of peritonitis, but he did agree that her abdomen is distended.

He thinks she never deflated from her spay and that is the cause of the problem.

She is eating, drinking, and eliminating, but she has a consistent fever. Her temp fluctuates from 102.8 to 103.6. My vet sent me home w/ 50mg amoxi 2xday for her.

How often does the air fail to release after Laparoscopic Spay? How long should it take for the air to dissipate (it's been 16 days)? Is this something I should be worried about?

She does not seem to be in any pain or distress.

Thank you for any insight you can offer.