Minimally invasive surgical treatments (i.e. endoscopy) have dramatically advanced patient care for people and animals. When compared to surgical procedures, endoscopic approaches are associated with:
- Fewer complications during recovery after surgery
- Less surgical stress to the body via tissue damage
- Decreased need for pain medication (up to 65% less in a study on dog spays)
- Less time spent hospitalized
- Faster return time to normal body functions and normal activity
- Ovariohysterectomy, commonly known as a spay, is the most common elective procedure performed in small animal practice. Millions of spays have been completed using a surgical technique that has been modified little since the time of James Harriot in the 1930s. Instead, the major improvements in the last 75 years have been in the areas of aseptic technique, general anesthesia, suture material and placement, and more recently, pain recognition and management. Now the surgery itself is being transformed with the use of endoscopic cameras and instruments that improve visualization and decrease surgical trauma.
Avery Animal Clinic has been offering these minimally invasive procedures for many years and is currently one of just a handful of veterinary hospitals in the United States that is performing this advanced spaying technique. We know how important it is to spay cats and dogs and we work diligently to make the process as anxiety and pain-free as possible for our patients. We are proud to achieve some of the most comfortable surgical recoveries in the profession and we continually work to improve our pain management as new techniques and medications become available.
Performing spays laparoscopically is a historical advancement in the goal of reducing post-operative discomfort in dogs and cats and we are proud to be able to offer it. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this beneficial procedure.
Here are our surgeons, Dr. Han and Dr. Park performing a laparoscopic spay and gastropexy. Avery Animal Clinic is one of few clinics in Orange County that have the capabilities to perform a laparoscopic spay and gastropexy since 2007.
"We recently adopted a standard poodle puppy and when it came time to spay her we investigated endoscopic and gastropexy thoroughly. We made the decision to allow Dr. Han to perform both procedures on our poodle "DejaVu". We have been thrilled by her quick recovery as well as the service at Avery Animal Clinic EVERYONE IS AMAZING!!! The best news is that we have eliminated the torsion issue in the future for our baby girl as it seems not only Standard Poodles but many other large chested breeds are lost to this horrible condition daily. Our thanks and appreciation to Dr. Han and his wonderful staff." -Toni and Bruce Faber & "Deja Vu"