Approximately one year ago, our team of doctors made the decision to bring a surgical laparoscope into Eglinton Vet, and Dr. Paul Hodges began to perform laparoscopic surgeries following intensive training in the U.S. During a recent doctor’s meeting, we all agreed that this program has been a great success, and we decided that our ‘case of the month’ for January should highlight the laparoscopic spay (please see our Case Studies page to meet ‘Gigi’ the boxer and to see a photographic example of what Dr. Hodges can visualize using the surgical camera).
We have used the laparoscope multiple times per week, performing mostly spays, although it has many other applications. For example, we are especially pleased with the way that the laparoscope has improved the ease of both canine and feline cryptorchid neuters (neuters in which one or both testicles are missing and need to be found in the abdomen).
Our team feels that the laparoscope has immeasurably improved the comfort of our surgical patients in those cases where it can be used. The patients recover from anesthesia quickly and with minimal pain (due to the small, 11mm incision) and in most cases they do not need to endure 7-14 days wearing an Elizabeathan collar in confinement. These patients are home the same day with their families, and both dogs and cats are back to their regular routine in less than 3 days (our canine friends back running with their friends in the park, and our feline friends doing whatever it is that they enjoy!).
Please call the clinic to find out more about our laparoscopic spays or visit the information page here.