Laparoscopic Spay (Ovariectomy)

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy in Dogs and Cats: Minimally Invasive Surgical Advancements 

Laparoscopic ovariectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure often referred to as a "lap spay. This innovative surgical technique is quickly gaining traction in veterinary hospitals. Unlike traditional spaying methods, this minimally invasive technique involves removing only the ovaries of female dogs and cats, leaving the uterus intact. Laparoscopic surgery utilizes small incisions of approximately one centimeter in size, which can result in a reduced chance of complications, a quicker recovery, and less pain following our pet’s surgery. 

How is Laparoscopic Spay Surgery Performed?

The minimal invasiveness of laparoscopic surgery is what primarily contributes to its success. A laparoscopic ovariectomy utilizes specialized equipment and techniques, such as a very small camera. An initial small incision is made, through which the camera is inserted which allows the veterinary surgeon to clearly visualize the patient’s ovaries on an external monitor. Other tiny instruments are then introduced through additional small incisions to carefully remove the ovaries while leaving the uterus intact. 

How Is Laparoscopic Ovariectomy Better Than a Regular Spay? 

Laparoscopic spay surgery is being sought out by more pet owners every day due to its many benefits for female dogs and cats. The most significant differentiating factor of laparoscopic ovariectomy is the small incision size, which leads to reduced trauma to vital tissues. Smaller incisions are shown to reduce recovery time for pets, which can mean resuming their everyday routines more quickly. The smaller incisions also minimize the risk of postoperative complications and pain, resulting overall in a more comfortable experience for your female dog or cat.

  • Minimal Scarring: Laparoscopic ovariectomy involves tiny incisions, whereas traditional spaying methods require a larger incision. This means less scarring, leading to a more appealing outcome at the incision site.
  • Faster Recovery: Pets recover more quickly from laparoscopic spays and often experience less pain and discomfort, helping them to resume their everyday routines sooner.
  • Reduced Risk of Infection: Smaller incisions mean reduced exposure to external contaminants, which significantly lowers the risk of infection following laparoscopic surgery.
  • Less Pain: Laparoscopic ovariectomy is associated with less pain and discomfort in female dogs and cats. This can be particularly helpful for smaller or more senior pets.
  • Shorter Anesthesia Time: Pets spend less time under anesthesia due to the shorter duration of laparoscopic procedures. This helps to minimize the potential risks associated with prolonged anesthesia.
  • Better Visualization: Veterinarians gain a clearer and magnified view of the surgical area with specialized cameras used in laparoscopic spays. This enables a more precise approach and lowers the chances of unintentional trauma to nearby tissues.
  • Decreased Post-Operative Complications: Laparoscopic ovariectomy has been shown to result in fewer post-operative complications, such as swelling or seromas.
  • Less Bleeding: The laparoscopic method permits much better control over the pet’s blood vessels, resulting in minimal bleeding during the procedure.
  • Increased Patient Comfort: Laparoscopic ovariectomy is considered a more humane and comfortable surgical option for the patient due to smaller incisions and minimal trauma to tissues.
  • High Success Rate: Laparoscopic spay surgery has a high success rate, resulting in a smooth and uncomplicated recovery for the majority of pets. The veterinarians at Standiford Veterinary Center have successfully performed thousands of laparoscopic ovariectomies since the early 2000s.

Expertise in Laparoscopic Ovariectomy at Standiford Veterinary Center 

Standiford Veterinary Center stands as a pioneering institution in the field of laparoscopic ovariectomy. For over twenty years, we have executed thousands of successful procedures in our dedication to advanced surgical techniques and exceptional patient care. Our extensive experience and commitment to innovation make us a trusted choice for pet owners seeking this advanced procedure. 

Laparoscopic ovariectomy is a modern and advanced surgical approach that offers substantial benefits for spaying female dogs and cats. Its minimally invasive nature, quicker recovery, and reduced risk of complications make it a preferred choice for many pet owners. Your pet's well-being and comfort are of paramount importance to us, and this innovative procedure can play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth spaying experience.