Laparoscopic Spays for Dogs

The traditional spay (ovariohysterectomy) procedure involves making an incision in the abdomen and using your hands and surgical instruments to remove both ovaries and the uterus. Recently, we have been able to use laparascopes to perform this procedure in a less invasive and less painful manner.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy involves making a small incision, about 1/2 inch long, and inserting a camera into the abdomen to perform a surgical procedure. The camera provides a magnified full color image of the inside of the abdomen. Instruments and cautery tools (to prevent bleeding) can be inserted through this camera tube to perform the procedure. All of this can be done through this single, small incision.

What are the benefits of a laparoscopic spay?

  • Less invasive and less traumatic. Just like in people, the procedure can be done through a smaller incision and the healing time will be faster.
  • Less painful. A study has shown that a laparoscopic spay is 65% less painful than a traditional spay. In a traditional or non-laparoscopic spay, the ovary is isolated by pulling and tearing certain ligaments to free its attachment. This is the main source of pain and is completely avoided with a laparoscopic spay.
  • Better visualization. Portions of a traditional spay are performed “blind”, meaning that the surgeon is performing the spay by touch rather than by sight. With the magnified image from the camera with a laparoscopic spay, the ovary and other organs are visualized at all times. Bleeding is also immediately detected and addressed.

For more information about laparoscopic surgery, please contact Dr. Bill Neumann at 317.257.5334 or email him directly at

2 Responses to “Laparoscopic Spays for Dogs”

  1. 1 sherri meyer May 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    What is the typical cost of this procedure?

    • 2 bracpet May 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm

      The cost of a laparoscopic spay is typically $150-250 more than a traditional canine spay. The range is based on the body condition of the dog. If the dog is overweight, or obese, the cost would be towards the upper range.

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