Are we going to see the end of invasive spaying surgery? Minimally invasive surgery is showing promise as a safer method for spaying dogs, with fewer post-surgical problems.
Decoded Science recently spoke with Dr. Mathieu Manassero of the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d’Alfort in France, who lead a 2012 study on the safety and efficacy of using a single port, multiple access laparoscopic device when spaying dogs.
Minimally Invasive Technique Means Fewer Post-Surgical Problems
According to the University of Southern California’s Department of Surgery, the advantages of laparoscopic surgery include: reduction in post–operative discomfort, quicker recovery times, earlier return to full activity, smaller scars, and less internal scarring.
In the field of veterinary medicine there are other important advantages. Pets, particularly dogs, are prone to chewing, licking and/or scratching at incision sites. Dogs are less likely to injure themselves or cause infection by licking or scratching the much smaller laparoscopic incision site. There is also less risk of the incision line rupturing, even if a dog gets very active during the recovery phase.
Laparoscopic Spay Procedure Improved With Use of Single Port Device
According to Dr. Manassero, the benefits of using the single port, multiple access method were clearly obvious, even in this initial study. Neither he nor any of his team had previous experience using the device, yet they were able to perform spays in the same amount of time, or less, than using traditional laparoscopic procedures. The single port device requires only one small incision and its multiple access openings allow the use of the laparoscope and two instruments at the same time.
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