Keyhole surgery

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

Keyhole bitch speys are our most commonly performed laparoscopic procedure and we recommend it for all female dogs over 15kg. 

The advantages to the patient are so clear with large dogs that for those bigger than 25kg we now only perform the procedure this way.

The advantages of key hole over traditional open spey include:

  • Safer and less invasive surgery.  
  • Reduced complication rates.
  • Less painful during and after the operation.
  • Smaller surgical wounds usually 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 speying 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.

Keyhole surgery involves major investment in state of the art equipment and veterinary training.  The surcharge for keyhole spey is £195 above the standard price.