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Two myths about 'keyhole' laparoscopic spays

08 Nov 2015

Myth 1

"Not removing the uterus will lead to a pyometra in the future"

Peer review research from 2006 concluded:

'No significant differences between ovariectomies (just removing the ovaries) and ovariohysterectomies (removing the ovaries and uterus) were observed for incidence of long-term urogenital problems, including endometritis/pyometra and urinary incontinence.'

B. Van Goethem et al J.J Vet Surg 2006 feb; 35(2) 136-43.

This research consluded that bitches that have just their ovaries removed have the same urogenital outcomes as those that have their uterus removed as well, and don't get pyometras.

If someone tells you anything else please ask them for the research paper that led them to that opinion and refer it to us so that we can review it.

Myth 2

'Keyhole spays are a conventional spay done through a small hole.'

Keyhole spay is a lay term for laparoscopic spay in which a system of endoscopes, cameras and electrosurgery equipment allows the surgeon amazing visualisation of the tissue and incredible precision, whilst greatly reducing the pain and trauma of the surgery and dramatically reducing recovery times.

The use of this specialised equipment is a world away from doing surgery through a small hole, where the surgoen can't see what they are doing and has to pull more on tissue causing more pain and trauma and increasing surgical risk.