Keyhole surgery (or minimally invasive surgery) is an advanced, safe and very gentle method for desexing your dog or cat. This procedure requires only a very small incision and enables the surgeon to perform precision surgery. Keyhole desexing involves the removal of the ovaries only, rather than the uterus and ovaries, which is performed during a traditional desexing.
How Is It Performed
Once the small incision is made, a high definition camera with a fibre optic light source is inserted into the abodmen. Magnified images viewed on a screen then enable the surgeon to guide specialised instruments through a port and remove the ovaries.
Keyhole surgery can also be used to remove the undescended testicles of the male patient safely, and less invasively than the traditional open method.
What Are The Risks of Surgery?
As with traditional desexing, keyhole desexing involves a general anaesthetic and is a surgical procedure. Both of these procedures have risks associated wtih them and clients will be made aware of these.
What Are The Costs?
The costs of keyhole surgery are reflective of the degree of skill required by the surgeon, and the specialised equipment required to perform the procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Keyhole Desexing?
COMFORT - The gentlest desexing method. Considerably less pain, during and post-operatively. Requires much less after care.
RECOVERY - A rapid return to normal function and activities. Patients require only 2 days rest, as opposed to 2 weeks of confinement with the traditional technique.
SAFETY - Minimally invasive, smaller incisions with minimal blood loss or infection risk.
MEDICATION - Shorter operative time with less overall anaesthetic. Less need for post operative pain medication.
Information is from Dr Andrew Jacotine at Veterinary Surgical Services Victoria. Dr Jacotine regularly visits Barkers Vet Clinic to perform keyhole desexings.