Spaying and Neutering


What is the difference between laparoscopic and traditional spay?

In a laparoscopic procedure, we place two small holes through skin and abdomen which allow for the insertion of a fiberoptic camera. These holes depend on the size of your pet but are often 3-10mm (roughly 1/8-1/2 inch). The reproductive structures are identified and controlled cuts in the tissues are made.

In a traditional spay, a 2-3 inch incision is made in the skin and muscle just below the belly button. The ovarian ligament is torn from its attachment on the abdominal wall. This tearing causes pain and may result in bruising of the abdominal wall.

Why laparoscopic?

  • The small incision size minimizes tissue trauma and pain.
  • Tissue is removed without tearing, minimizing pain.
  • Better visualization of surgical procedure, minimizing complications.
  • No increase in surgical time compared to traditional procedures.
  • Your pet is back to normal much more quickly.

Is this a standard procedure?

Hampden Family Pet Hospital is very proud to be one of the first hospitals in the country to offer laparoscopic spays to our clients. The late Dr. Ty Tankersley, one of the founders of our clinic, helped pioneer the laparoscopic ovariectomy techniques currently used. Dr. Tankersley made instructional videos, developed equipment, lectured and taught the technique to veterinarians around the world. In addition, our spays incorporate just the removal of the ovaries (ovariectomy) and not the full uterus (hysterectomy).

What is an ovariectomy?

The term ovariectomy means to remove only the ovaries. By removing only the ovaries, there is minimal disruption to surrounding tissues and organ, minimizing patient discomfort after surgery.

  • Less tissue removed means less trauma.
  • May reduce the incidence of urinary incontinence later in life.

Is spaying the only surgery done laparoscopically?

Laparoscopic surgery can be done for many abdominal procedures including bladder stone removal, liver biopsies and stomach tacking to prevent bloat (gastropexy).