Keyhole surgery

We offer a wide range of minimally invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) procedures including neutering and biopsies.

Keyhole bitch spays are our most commonly performed laparoscopic procedure and we recommend it for all female dogs over 10kg. 

The advantages of key hole over traditional open spay include:

  • Safer and less invasive surgery.  
  • Reduced complication rates.
  • Less painful during and after the operation.
  • Smaller surgical wounds with no external stitches.
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal exercise.

The procedure is performed through two small 1cm ‘keyhole’ incisions using specialist equipment which allows us to visualise the abdominal organs and seal blood vessels then remove the ovaries.

In traditional open spaying the ovaries and uterus are both removed but in keyhole only the ovaries are removed. Diseases of the uterus in dogs, including infection (pyometra) and cancer, are mainly due to the female hormone, oestrogen.  Oestrogen is produced by the ovaries, so as long as these are removed, the risk of diseases of the uterus are very small.

If a dog has confirmed disease of the urogenital tract eg ovarian cysts, cancer or pyometra then we would perform the traditional open surgery to remove the entire uterus as well as the ovaries.

For giant breed dogs e.g. Great Danes, Dobermans and Saint Bernards who are at risk of gastric dilation and volvulus, we can perform a laparoscopic assisted gastropexy at the same time as ovariectomy or castration to prevent this potentially fatal condition from occurring.

Keyhole surgery involves major investment in state of the art equipment and veterinary training.  The surcharge for keyhole spay is £295 above the standard price.