Laparoscopic Desexing

Keyhole Surgery


Doesn’t your loved one deserve a more comfortable desexing procedure?

Desexing procedures can now be performed by keyhole surgery resulting in less pain and faster recoveries for our pets. A surgical telescope is passed into the abdomen so that the ovaries can be identified and removed via small ports in the abdominal wall. The improved visualisation of the ovaries results in a safer surgery and the keyhole techniques used result in less surgical trauma and pain. This means that our pets recover more quickly and comfortably than traditional open surgical techniques.

What should I expect?

Keyhole desexing surgeries are usually performed as a day procedure. After admission to hospital your pet is sedated and prepared for surgery.  Once ready a general anaesthetic is performed and closely monitored throughout the procedure.  Initially a small needle is passed into the abdomen so that it can be inflated with carbon dioxide, allowing better visualisation when performing surgery.  Once the abdomen is inflated several trocars (ports) are passed into the abdominal cavity so that the surgical telescope and instruments can be passed into the abdomen.  The ovaries are then located and a tissue sealing device is used to dissect and isolate each ovary.  Once the ovarian vessels, ligaments and uterine attachment are sealed each ovary is removed through one of the abdominal trocars.  The trocars can then be removed and the small incisions sutured closed.

Our patients are monitored closely during recovery and once they are comfortable and fully awake we arrange a time for them to go home.  Most animals are up and about within hours of a keyhole procedure and in our experience the biggest problem we have is keeping them quiet!

What are the benefits?

Keyhole desexing procedures have several major benefits over traditional desexing procedures.

  • Small surgical wounds

Keyhole desexing procedures involve inserting a 5mm and a 10mm trocar into the abdomen.  These incisions are significantly smaller than even the smallest incisions made with routine desexing procedures.

  • Less pain

Because keyhole surgery results in smaller wounds there is less surgical trauma and less pain experienced during the procedure.  There is also far less pain on internal structures using keyhole techniques.  The ovary in animals is firmly attached to the abdomen by a short ligament which originates next to the kidney.  In a traditional desexing procedure this ligament needs to be stretched and torn until the ovary can be pulled outside of the abdomen so that surgery can be performed.  With keyhole desexing procedures this ligament is sealed and detached using a tissue sealing device so that it does not need to be stretched or torn, which results in far less internal pain for your loved one.

  • Faster recoveries

Keyhole desexing results in smaller wounds and less surgical trauma and pain, therefore patients will recover far more quickly than traditional desexing procedures.  For you this means that your pets are home from hospital sooner and back to their normal activities sooner after a keyhole desexing.

  • More accurate Surgery

Keyhole surgery require the use of a surgical telescope and camera. This means that blood vessels, ligaments and tissue that is not normally seen during a traditional desexing procedure can be seen clearly under the magnification of a surgical telescope.  The result is a more accurate and safer surgery for every patient.

Are there any limitations?

Almost all females requiring desexing are good candidates for keyhole surgery.  Keyhole surgery in obese animals or very small animals (<5kg) can be technically more difficult however still has benefits over traditional open surgical techniques.  If you would like more information about the suitability of your pet for a keyhole desexing procedure then please contact us for more information.

Surgical Videos

This is not for everyone but if you are ok with graphical surgical images then please feel free to browse our keyhole surgery videos below.