Key-hole surgery – minimally invasive surgery

Key-hole / minimally invasive surgery involves entering the abdomen or chest via one or more small incisions. A camera (‘scope) and instruments are passed through the incisions. This allows inspection of the internal organs and surgical treatment.

Minimally invasive surgery can be performed in the abdomen (laparoscopy) and the chest (thoracoscopy).

The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include a magnified / better view, decreased post-operative pain, shorter hospitalization time and a faster recovery period.

Several procedures can be performed with minimally invasive surgery as outlined below. The most common are neutering and liver biopsy.

  • Neutering
    • Laparoscopic spay (ovariectomy)
    • Removal of retained testicles (cryptorchidectomy)
  • Liver biopsy
  • Removal of the sac surrounding the heart (pericardectomy). This is performed in dogs with excessive fluid in the heart sac (pericardial effusion)
  • Fixing the stomach to the body wall to prevent gastric dilation and volvulus (gastropexy). This may be performed at the same time as neutering in certain breeds.
  • Removal of the gall bladder (cholecystectomy)
  • Removal of tumours in the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy)

We offer laparoscopic spay (neutering) at a fixed price of £650. This price includes the consultation, general anaesthesia, surgery and pain relief to go home. Typically, dogs are admitted early in the morning, with the plan to have surgery the same day and are normally discharged later that evening.

If you would like your dog to have elective laparoscopic spay or to remove a retained testicle, please simply ask your vet to refer to us and we will liaise directly with you.