Keyhole surgery procedure with Vets and nurse

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

Keyhole (laparoscopy) surgery is a minimally invasive technique common in human surgery, and we are delighted to be able to offer this gold standard option for a speedier recovery for your pet. Laparoscopy is suited to many surgical procedures such as bitch spays, biopsies, retained testicle removal and gastropexy

What’s so special about laparoscopy?

  • Small wounds mean less pain for your pet
  • Faster recovery compared to open surgery
  • More accurate, visually aided surgery for fewer complications

What makes it different to normal surgery?
All surgeries involve making an incision (cut), but with laparoscopy we only make three tiny little wounds which results in a faster recovery time for your pet. We inflate your pet’s abdomen with sterile carbon dioxide and use an optical telescope to visualise the abdominal organs.  The magnified image is displayed on a medical monitor which allows us to look inside the body; and specialised instruments are used for minimally invasive surgery.

What are the costs?
We do charge a little extra for this specialised surgery, but we feel the benefits of a faster recovery with less discomfort really are worth it – that’s why we have invested in the same equipment as used in human surgery.  Ask a member of the team about laparoscopy.

It takes a higher level of veterinary expertise to perform these procedures successfully, here’s what our Clinical Director Sarah Colegrave has to say about it

Sarah Colegrave

“I have pioneered the use of laparoscopy here at Mill House because I am keen to perform surgery with the least discomfort to our pets.  I have been delighted with the speed of recovery the dogs and cats show, and the feedback from their owners.  Many procedures can be performed as day cases – reducing the stress for our pets and owners”

What our clients are saying

  • Very happy with the procedure - everyone was very caring. Frankie recovered much quicker and if we had the choice again we would still choose a laparoscopic spay. It may be cost a little more but it is worth it to see your pet recover so much quicker. The get well card was a lovely touch too. Thank you! Mrs Carter with Frankie
  • Absolutely brilliant! She sailed through it. So much less worry for the owner with no long recovery period when you are constantly worry about stitches, infection, etc. This is the best innovation in vet procedures I have seen, both for dog and owner. I am over the moon with the results and cannot recommend and praise the laparoscopic spay option enough. Thank you! Mrs Griffiths with Raven
  • We were very pleased with the results and Noni seemed to make such a quick recovery for a big dog – Noni is a Newfoundland. You can hardly notice the scars – given the same choice again we would definitely choose the laparoscopic spay option and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Mrs Rolfe with Noni
  • We were very happy with the laparoscopy procedure and she had a very quick recovery time. I would not hesitate to recommend this procedure and would definitely choose this option again if I had another dog that needed neutering. Mrs Wheeldon with Lady