Kirsty our very first laparoscopic spay (key hole surgery)

This is Kirsty, who was the first candidate to have a laparoscopic key hole surgery. Key hole surgery is done using rigid endoscopic equipment that allows for better visualisation of the surgical area, as well as less internal tissue trauma for the patient. With keyhole surgical incisions being between 0.5cm and 1.0cm in length, patients are much more comfortable and recovery time is dramatically reduced. The surgery is performed at Mochdre Vets by visiting vet Dugie Gemmill Clinical Director/ Veterinary Surgeon BVMS CertVR GPCert (Endo) MRCVS.

This page isn’t for the faint hearted as it does show images from the laparoscopic surgery.



Laproscopic spays involve a lot of high tech equipment and the above photo shows the video monitor and the diathermy unit used for cutting and sealing the vessels.

A laparoscopy tower with a video monitor, a camera, a computer with recording hardware and software  a camera head, an insufflator, a carbon dioxide gas cylinder (with full backup tank available), an insufflator line, a light source (with backup bulb), and a light cable. As with every surgical procedure this needs to be kept clean and sterile.
Graphic image - not for the squeamish!

This picture shows Dugald all scrubbed up performing the surgery,. The sausage thing at the bottom of the picture is actually Kirsty’s womb. Hers was unfortunately fluid filled and we think she was starting with a pyometra (womb infection) so lucky she was done!  Usually the size is smaller but even with the pyometra the surgery was key hole.

Kirsty’s wound after the op with small incisions.