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At NuVet we are one of only a handful of UK practices to perform keyhole surgery. This method of operating is less painful and traumatic for our patients as well as giving faster recovery times and fewer stitches, so everyone is happy.

Most commonly, we use our keyhole equipment to perform bitch spays – on average we perform one or two of these operations every day. However, we can use the equipment for lots of different procedures – from looking into ears and up noses, to sampling the liver or operating on the bladder.


Keyhole Bitch Spay

On the right, you can see one of our nurses preparing a dog for keyhole surgery. Although the wound is only a few centimetres long, we still perform a large fur clip, to make sure everthing is perfectly clean for the surgery. We use a special tipping table to move the dog from left to right during the surgery, so that we can remove both ovaries through one tiny hole.

Routinely, we only remove the ovaries, rather than the ovaries and the whole uterus. We can remove the uterus if you request, but in normal, healthy dogs, there is rarely a reason to do so. For more information, please read the following articles:

Comparison of long-term effects of ovariectomy versus ovariohysterectomy in bitches
Ovariectomy versus ovariohysterectomy

Here is a clip of our own head vet Marwan talking about the advantages of keyhole surgery


Videos of Keyhole Surgery

To view video clips of some of the procedures possible please click on the relevant link below (please note these videos contain graphic images of surgical procedures):


Biovision Veterinary Endoscopy Client Education Video
Single Port Lap-Assisted Ovariohysterectomy (OHE)
Single Port Laparoscopic Liver Biopsy
Dr. Dan Brod 1.2mm NeedleView™ Cystotomy with Cystoscopy
Single Port Lap-Assisted Cryptorchid Surgery
Single Port Prophylactic Gastropexy
Dr. Dan Brod 1.2mm NeedleView™ Canine Arthroscopy
Comparing Laparoscopic to Open Spay Procedure
Dr. Chad Devitt of VRCC in Englewood, CO
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