Specialist keyhole surgery now being performed in Companion Care Harlow
Companion Care Vets in Harlow has performed its first ever keyhole surgery to spay (neuter) a five-month old golden retriever called Cassie.
The surgery is traditionally one of the most major, albeit routine, operations that is performed, requiring stitches and a 10-day rest period.
The key-hole surgery, known as a laparoscopic spay, uses specialist equipment that allows the surgeon to perform the operation with minimal invasion; just one small incisions. This method of surgery, according to the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, results in up to 65% less postoperative pain when compared to traditional methods, with faster recovery times, no need for skin stitches and less risk of post-operative infections.
Veterinary surgeon Aubrey Kumm performed the operation and says, “It has been fantastic to see Cassie’s fast recovery from the surgery and as a local surgery we are pleased to be able to offer this specialist procedure to dog owners in the area.”
Aubrey has spent time learning about single port laparoscopy in the USA and is studying for a GPCert in Endoscopy and Endosurgery. He says, “This equipment allows us to perform other surgeries, such as bladder stone removal and organ biopsy, in a non-invasive manner. There are a number of laparoscopic spay operations already in our schedule and we are looking forward to being able to make a difference in pets’ recovery time from operations in the future.”
Cassie’s owner, Iain Johnstone from Harlow took the decision to spay Cassie as he did not intend to breed from her and knows the benefits of spaying in reducing the risk of certain forms of cancer in her later life. He says, “finding out that the Harlow surgery was introducing this new, let’s say gentler, way of spaying was great as it took some of the worry away about caring for Cassie after her operation.”
“As a lively little lady it would have been extremely hard to keep her quiet for the required ten-days but the with keyhole surgery she only had one tiny wounds, no stitches and was up and on her feet as normal within hours of the operation. We cannot speak highly enough about the team at Harlow or this method of operating.”
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