At Castle Veterinary Surgeons, we are proud to offer keyhole surgery from our Barnard Castle branch. Keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery is very common in humans and the technique has now been adapted for operations in animals. The keyhole spay is performed via three very small holes (usually around 1cm diameter) in the abdomen which allow fine instruments and a magnifying camera inside the body to perform the surgery, removing the ovaries only (ovariectomy) with maximum precision and minimal invasion.
This less invasive method of surgery will give your pet:
- much smaller wounds
- less postoperative pain and discomfort and
- a quick recovery. Average surgery lasts 20 – 40 mins often resulting in shorter anaesthetic time. Your dog will usually require 3-7 days post-op care.
The cost of keyhole neutering is higher than the traditional method as the procedure is carried out by specially trained surgeons’ and requires specialist equipment. In future we hope to be able to offer further procedures, including laparoscopic biopsies, arthoscopy (joint surgery), removal of retained testicles, abdominal exploratory surgery.
This service is available at our Barnard Castle surgery on Thursdays. If you are interested in further information regarding laparoscopic procedures or would like to find out about booking an appointment for your pet, please call us on (01833) 637700.