Laparoscopic Spay - The Safer Way to Neuter your Pet

Roehampton Veterinary Clinic offers an exceptional and compassionate approach to the care of small animals. Founded in 2000, the skilled team have, and continue to be one of the leading clinics in south west London, offering a range of services and treatments.

We caught up with co-director Denise Bleckman to find out more about the laparoscopic neutering that the clinic has become known for.

Tell us about Roehampton Veterinary Clinic and when your clinic started offering laparoscopic neutering.

We are an independent veterinary clinic, founded and co-directed by my husband, Richard Bleckman. Richard is a renowned veterinary surgeon with 40 years experience in referral surgery. Trained at Sydney University, Richard has been performing endoscopic surgery for over 35 years. Since 2007, Richard has been offering laparoscopic spays as a standard method of neutering at Roehampton Veterinary Clinic. Laparoscopic surgery is also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery. It is known to be the gold standard of neutering methods within veterinary medicine.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic spays compared to conventional neutering methods? 

Minimally invasive surgery is a superior, safer method of surgery, with lower risks and excellent outcomes. A telescopic camera is inserted into the abdomen through small incisions, giving enhanced visualisation. The surgeon is then able to view enlarged images on a monitor, which provides a higher accuracy of surgical technique. Due to the small incisions of 5-10mm, the wound size is reduced. The clean technique and smaller wounds guarantee minimal tissue trauma and, as an effect, we see faster recovery. Most patients bounce back the day after surgery!

If laparoscopic neutering is a better method, why is it not a standard procedure in veterinary practice?

Laparoscopic surgery requires specialist equipment and an experienced surgeon trained in laparoscopic methods to carry out the procedure, as well as a competent team to handle and clean the fragile instruments. The equipment is very expensive, affecting the treatment costs; laparoscopic neutering is more expensive then conventional spaying. We only charge for the additional disposable equipment costs the because we feel that we want to give our patients the best treatment.

Are there any additional advantages of laparoscopic neutering? 

Most importantly, studies have shown a 65% reduction in pain compared to traditional open surgical neutering. In addition, animals require less restraint after surgery and there is a dramatic reduction in post-spay urinary incontinence later in life. We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our care and laparoscopic surgery has been the most significant development in patient care in the last decade. 

Fuge 2 hrs after laparoscopic surgery