Keyhole surgery - less invasive procedures
Keyhole surgery is an excellent way of performing a number of different pet operations. As the name suggests, the procedure takes place through a small hole usually less then 1cm wide. A camera that sits on the end of a laparoscope is used to show a bright, magnified, and clear view of the area that our Veterinary Surgeons will 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 surgical cases. We will be happy to refer your pet to Molesey Vets if they require this type of surgery.
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.
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.
Keyhole spays for female dogs
Using this approach for neutering female dogs can be really beneficial as it’s a much less invasive procedure than a traditional spay. Your dog will be able to get back to full health more quickly and have less scarring.
Get in touch if you’d like to know more about keyhole surgery.