WHAT IS A LAPAROSCOPIC SPAY?
A normal spay is performed using an open procedure with a sometimes large incision into the abdomen. However, our staff surgeon, Dr. Dusty Spencer, is able to perform this procedure minimally invasively, as a laparoscopic procedure.
Laparoscopic spays are performed using a small camera inserted into the abdomen to visualize the ovaries, and two small incisions for instruments to remove the ovaries. If you have a large breed dog that is at risk for Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV, or Bloat), Dr. Spencer is also able to perform a laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy to tack the stomach to the body wall to prevent this fatal emergency disease, at the same time as the spay. Read more about laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy here (link surgery webpage here).
WILL MY PET STAY OVERNIGHT?
Almost all dogs that have laparoscopic spays and/or gastropexies performed will go home the same day.