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. Almost all dogs that have laparoscopic spays and/or gastropexies performed will go home the same day.