What is Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy, or minimally-invasive surgery, is a way to perform surgery in the abdomen using only two tiny pencil-sized incisions. Using these 2 ports (generally 5mm), a camera is inserted into the abdomen and the internal structures are magnified in HD viewing, allowing for a thorough examination. The second port allows surgical instruments to enter the abdomen and perform tasks like biopsies. Recent studies have shown the use of laparoscopy to be a less traumatic, less painful and faster alternative to traditional procedures.
A L.OVE spay is short for a Laparoscopic OVE (ovariectomy). This is a minimally-invasive spay that removes the ovaries (but not the uterus) from healthy dogs and is generally a faster procedure and a less painful alternative to traditional spays. L.OVE spays are best performed on pets that are larger than 15 kg. In fact, L.OVE spays are a great choice for large dogs who've had a heat cycle.
With the L.OVE technique, a small (pencil-sized) incision is made on either side of the abdomen and our specialized laparoscopic equipment is used to perform the surgery. The ovarian ligament is sealed with virtually no bleeding or pain, using the Covidien Force-Triad Vessel Sealing Device, the gold standard. No tension is placed on the uterus.
There is a bit more manipulation of the reproductive tissues in this procedure. The traditional spay can be more of a challenge to perform in older, large breed dogs who've had one or more heat cycles; for these dogs, a L.OVE spay is a great option.
Whichever of the spay procedures you choose, all of our surgeons have many years of experience and will use a comprehensive anesthetic and pain-relieving protocol to ensure your pet is cared for with their comfort and subsequent healing being our priority.