New to Spring Corner-
Laparoscopic 'Keyhole' Surgery.
We are excited to announce that we now offer keyhole surgery and neutering for dogs as part of our regular service.
Reduced pain after the operation. The surgical wounds are much smaller with keyhole surgery (usually less than 1cm) compared to up to 15 cm by conventional spey.
Pets return to normal level of exercise sooner. Normally they must rest for two weeks but after laparoscopic surgery only 3-5 days rest is required on average.
o A significantly reduced risk of complications. Bleeding from the surgical site is the biggest concern in surgery but our advance equipment seals the blood vessels making this exceptionally unlikely.
Spring Corner Vets prides itself in investing in the best equipment available so that the best possible outcomes can be delivered to our patients. Laparoscopy is no exception. To our knowledge, Spring Corner Vets are the only first opinion practice in the UK that uses NHS theatre specification laparoscopy equipment, HD camera (our Karl Storz Image 1S and HD camera system is the amongst the best technology available in the human field and is unrivalled by its veterinary equivalents) and fibre-optic lighting. We are currently building a dedicated theatre for laparoscopy.
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Our current laparoscopy theatre set up, with Karl Storz equipment and the extensive array of surgical instruments for operating internally.
Suturing a 1cm port hole after laparoscopy.
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopy, a form of minimally invasive surgery, has been the gold standard in human surgery for many years. However, in veterinary medicine this surgical technique is not common practice.
Laparoscopy allows abdominal surgeries to be performed through small incisions (usually approximately 1cm). The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas lifting the abdominal wall above the internal organs, creating a larger field for viewing and working. With a larger field for working, the laparoscope permits better visualization of structures which are viewed on a large high definition screen wherein tiny details can be seen that would be undetected with the naked eye. Once the area has been thoroughly assessed, highly specialized instruments are then used to perform the surgery.
What are the benefits of laparoscopy?
With laparoscopic surgery, our surgeons have enhanced visualization of the internal organs. High definition images generated by our camera, allow the surgeon to view details that are normally undetectable by the human eye, ultimately leading to safer surgery and better outcomes.
Laparoscopic Procedures offered at Spring Corner include:
· Ovariectomy – an improved technique over traditional hysterectomies (spey), in which only the ovaries are removed but the uterus remains intact ( please visit https://www.springcornervets.com/the-keyhole-spey for more information)
· Ovariohysterectomy – if ovariectomy is not suitable
· Cryptorchid (retained testicle) neutering – condition in which one or both testicles are retained internally
· Gastropexy – a preventive surgical procedure in which the stomach is sutured to the inside body wall to prevent the stomach from being able to twist in dogs who are predisposed to a condition known as GDV (Gastric dilation-Volvulus), a.k.a. Bloat accompanied by twisting of the stomach
· Organ biopsies – including the liver, pancreas, intestines, lymph nodes
· Exploratory laparoscopy – assessing the abdomen to gain wider clinical picture, without needing open surgery
Laparoscopic Procedures in future:
· Arthroscopy – investigation of joint diseases by directly assessing the surface of the cartilage, such as with knee and elbow injuries
· Exploratory thoracoscopy – investigating diseases in the chest. Treatments including removal of the pericardium (sac around the heart) and lung biopsy
· Adrenal gland tumour removal – adrenal masses are common and are usually benign, often resulting in the condition Cushings. Removal of the affected gland would be curative for the disease.
· Gall bladder removal – cholecystectomy is performed to treat diseases such as gall stones or mucocoeles, conventionally approached by open abdominal surgery but can be performed laparoscopically to reduce pain.
· Bladder surgery – laparoscopically assisted procedures of the bladder can be performed to remove stones or tumours, reducing post operative pain.