What is it?
Laparoscopy is more commonly known as ‘keyhole surgery’. This procedure is carried out at our hospital site, Blackheath Vets. It has been used in human surgery for years and more recently has been developed for use in veterinary surgery. Just like in human surgery the incisions are small and using a camera along with small instruments we are able to perform some routine surgeries.
Our group was one of the first in South London to introduce keyhole surgery and we have now carried out hundreds!
When do we use Keyhole?
We are using it for abdominal surgeries such as ovariectomies (spay), cryptorchid surgery (undescended testicles) and organ biopsies.
What are the benefits?
Keyhole surgery is a highly skilled procedure and has tremendous advantages over traditional open surgery including:
- Smaller incisions, so there is less trauma to the muscles and other tissue
- recovery time is much reduced
- there is less pain associated with the surgeries
- a lower risk of infections
- reduced surgery time and therefore time spent under anaesthesia and a happier pet!
If you would like to know a bit more or to book in, please give Blackheath Vets a call on 0208 858 5151