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Laparoscopic Spays & Surgery

The Wanstead Hospital is proud to be able to offer one of the only laparoscopic spay services in London. Shaun Smith and Louise Worth are our soft tissue surgeons who perform this advanced surgery.  To see how it all works click here

 What is laparoscopy?

  • Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for performing abdominal surgery.
  • A small camera (laparoscope) is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a very small surgical incision in the abdominal wall.
  • The camera magnifies the internal organs and structures, allowing the image to be displayed on a TV monitor.
  • Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the insertion and use of surgical instruments to allow surgery to be performed.

Traditional Spays

  • Traditional dog spays usually require a minimum of a 6-7cm surgical incision through the abdominal wall, through which the ovaries and uterus are removed.
  • This requires significant tension to be applied, which causes trauma, pain, and potentially bleeding.
  • Patients need at least 10 days rest after surgery, and most require ongoing pain relief medication for several days.

Laparoscopic Spays

  • Laparoscopic spays are performed through two to three very small surgical incisions (usually no more than 6mm in length).
  • The procedure is performed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision.
  • Using specialised surgical equipment, the ovaries are carefully cauterised and removed, resulting in less trauma and less discomfort for the patient.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Spays

  • Clear, bright and magnified images allow the procedure to be performed with greater precision.
  • Reduced risk of  bleeding, infection and wound healing complications.
  • Smaller incisions and reduced trauma to tissues. Usually no stitches are needed.
  • Excellent visualisation of the abdominal cavity (very limited through a traditional spay wound)
  • Up to 65% less post-operative pain than traditional spay.
  • Faster recovery for your pet, many patients being ‘back to their normal selves’ the following day.