Keyhole surgery - less invasive procedures

Keyhole surgery, as the name suggests, takes place through a small hole (usually less then 1cm), and is an excellent way of performing operations on your pet. A camera on the end of a laparoscope is used to show a bright, magnified, and clear area for the Veterinary Surgeon to operate in. During keyhole surgery, a vast range of up-to-date surgical instruments can be utilised to perform different operations.

Our colleagues over at our sister practice in Molesey, offer keyhole surgery for a variety of animals and surgical cases. We will be happy to refer your pet to Molesey Vets if they require this type of surgery.

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What are the benefits of keyhole surgery?

Less invasive, less pain

Keyhole (or laparoscopic) surgery is a much less invasive type of surgery. With such a small incision, your pet should feel much less discomfort following their operation. Like you, we do not want to see your pet in any kind of pain, so we do our best to reduce this as much as we can for them.

Quicker recovery

As the keyhole incision is so small, there are fewer complications post-surgery. The chances of infection are lower and there is a lot less scarring, which helps to speed up your pet’s recovery time. After traditional surgery, it would normally take around 2-3 weeks before your pet is back to themselves again. However, with keyhole surgery it tends to be just a few days, so this means less time stuck indoors and more time out having fun.

Clear view for the Veterinary Surgeon

Using keyhole surgery enables the Veterinary Surgeon to see clearly and up-close during the operation. It also allows the Surgeon to perform an operation to the highest standard in good time, which means your pet can start on their recovery quicker. With this advanced surgery, we can operate on areas that are often hard to reach and the laparoscope can help us spot any underlying issues.

Neutering female dogs

Keyhole spays for female dogs can be really beneficial, as it helps them get back to full health more quickly than traditional neutering surgery.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more about keyhole surgery.


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