Friday, December 21, 2012

Laparoscopic spay and gastropexy

Recently I made a decision to have Lyric spayed with a prophylactic gastropexy. Because bloat/torsion is such a big problem in our breed, it seemed a wise move to do both procedures under one anesthesia.

Veterinary medicine has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more common. Instead of a dog being opened from the upper part of the abdomen to the pelvis for the above procedures, two small holes are placed in the side, instruments inserted and procedure is performed. Although it still requires general anesthesia the recovery time is much faster. Lyric's procedure was performed early afternoon, by the next day she was looking for breakfast and wanting to go out for a walk.

One week later she acts as if nothing had happened.


houndstooth said...

I hope that this becomes the commonplace practice. It seems so much easier and better for the dogs. And I must say, she looks great one week later!

jet said...

Barbie took one of her stitches out after she was spayed, luckily it was easy for the vet to stick one in due to her placid greyhound-ness. Anyway it looks much nicer for the dog's recovery!

Muttsandaklutz said...

Wow, I had never heard of this preventive measure before but found some good info via Google. What a good idea to have both procedures done at once, and some good peace of mind too.

Hiking Hounds said...

Glad things went well and Lyric recovered quickly.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that Lyric came through with flying colors!!!


Stoutheartedhounds said...

Wow, do they take the uterus out of the small incision or do they just tie the tubes?


Aragon greyhounds said...

No they just remove the ovaries. Have been doing spays for years over in Europe by this method. They claim very little uterine cancer occurs. Do not know whether this is true or not.

In this country most all dogs have ovaries and uterus removed.So no available stats on uterine cancer over here either.

Laparoscopy is certainly much easier on the dogs than full exploratory.