Laparoscopic Spays

Why Choose a Laparoscopic Spay at Roncy Village for Your Pet?

Roncy Village Veterinary Clinic is proud to be on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine as the second clinic in Toronto to offer laparoscopic spays, a minimally invasive way of having your pet spayed. Only 2 tiny incisions are required, each less than 5mm in size. These tiny incisions mean that recovery time is minimal with most dogs and cats getting back to their normal routine in just a couple of days. Laparoscopic spays are also associate with minimal pain due to the inherently small incision sizes, as well as the way the procedure itself is preformed. During a laparoscopic spay, tissue is cauterized prior to cutting it, rather than tearing it as in a traditional spay. By cauterizing tissue, nerve endings and blood vessels are sealed, meaning that very few pain sensations will be transmitted, and a minimal amount of bleeding will occur. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association concluded that laparoscopic spays are associated with up to 65% less pain than traditional spays. Kasey Surgery 4The procedure begins with your pet being fully examined by one of our veterinarians to ensure that they are healthy and that there are no contraindications to either anaesthesia or surgery. A small blood sample will then be taken in order to assess internal organ function and make sure that the anaesthetic drugs we use will be metabolized appropriately. On the day of surgery your pet will be anaesthetized and the surgical area will be shaved and prepared aseptically. Once in surgery, their abdomen is gently inflated with carbon dioxide to allow an unobstructed view of the abdominal organs which can then be manipulated. A small 5mm incision is then made into the abdomen to allow introduction of the camera that will be used to visualize organs. Following this, a second port is introduced through which instruments are placed that will used to manipulate the ovaries and uterus. The ovaries are identified, elevated and suspended next to the abdominal wall. An instrument is introduced that can both cauterize and then cut tissue. The tissue surrounding the ovary that attaches it to the body is cauterized and cut away, freeing it so that it can then be removed. The ovary is grasped and removed through one of the port that had been created for instrument placement. After removing the ovary, the instrument is re-introduced and the procedure is repeated with the ovary on the opposite side. Once both ovaries are removed the abdomen is deflated. A single suture is placed to close the body wall and the skin incisions are so small that they are closed with simple tissue glue. The patient is typically up and fully alert within just a couple of a hour and ready to go home that same evening!

Laparoscopic Spay Videos

Please click here to watch Dr. Mark Kinghorn perform an actual laparoscopic spay surgery.