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Keyhole' Bitch Spays

Traditional spays involve an incision through which the uterus and ovaries are removed. This procedure is known as a ovariohysterectomy and requires a large incision to safely identify and visualise all the important structures.

Using the keyhole technique allows all the structures to be visualised through two 5mm incisions, which are so small they very often don't need skin sutures! In this operation only the ovaries are removed (ovariectomy) but both operations have exactly the same benefits.



Arthoscopy is the term we use for keyhole surgery in joints. Dogs and cats are very prone to conditions within joints that require surgical correction. Some of these operations can be done with an 'open' approach but there is a keyhole alternative for most. Common conditions which your vet might diagnose include elbow dysplasia, shoulder problems and hip problems. Keyhole surgery can also be used to help correct knee joint conditions including cruciate ligament damage allowing a quicker recovery.



This is the general term for keyhole surgery in the abdomen. In addition to our bitch spays we can also inspect all the abdominal organs for damage and disease and take biopsies where necessary. Commonly we might take biopsies of the liver, kidneys and pancreas. The techniques can also be used to prevent against gastric torsions in susceptible breeds with a simple and low risk procedure.



Keyhole surgery within the chest is known as thoracoscopy. This is a very advanced technique but does allow for the correction of some major defects without the need for open chest surgery.


For more information on the keyhole surgeries available please contact us on 01463 237000.