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What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy, or keyhole surgery, means performing surgery using tiny video cameras and fine instruments via tiny incisions.

Laparoscopy is common place in human surgery, and is usually the preferred option for surgery when possible.

Amber Vet is now excited to bring the advanced technology and superior benefits of laparoscopy to our fur friends.


What are the advantages of laparoscopy?


When is laparosocopy indicated?

Common indications for laparoscopy include:


How different is a laparoscopic spay from a standard spay?

In a standard spay, a 5 to 12cm incision is made to the abdomen, and both the ovaries and uterus are removed. The incision is then closed in 3 layers with sutures.

In a laparoscopic spay, 2 to 3 tiny incisions of about 0.5 to 1cm each are made in the abdomen to allow the passage of a special video camera and instruments. Only the ovaries are removed. The small incisions are closed with sutures.


Is there a health risk of leaving the uterus behind?

There is almost no risk in leaving the uterus intact, especially if dogs are spayed when relatively young and healthy. In Europe, sterilisation has been routinely carried out by removing the ovaries only.

Pyometra, or womb infection, only occurs under the influence of female hormone, and so does not occur naturally in dogs with the ovaries completely removed. Even dogs undergoing standard spays may develop pyometra in the small stump of the uterus attached to the cervix, but this almost always occurs when these dogs have had a part of their ovary left behind during the initial spay. Cancer of the uterus is very rare, and only statistically makes up about 0.3% of dogs with cancer.


Where can I go to for laparoscopic spays?

Amber Vet provides laparoscopy for spays and other surgeries. Spays can be done via laparoscopy for most sized dogs. Please contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment.

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