SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

February 26, 2012 11:00 ET

Veterinarian Provides Hunt Valley Minimally Invasive Surgery

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Feb 26, 2012) - The Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is providing minimally invasive surgery for spay and neuter procedures. Veterinarian Dr. Allan Frank says that the animal vet clinic is one of the few in the country that provides laparoscopic ovariectomy surgery where only the ovaries are removed during a spay operation. Until recently, ovariohysterectomy, where both the ovaries and the uterus are removed, was the most common spay operation performed for dogs in the U.S. According to Dr. Frank, however, the laparoscopic ovariectomy, which has been the standard in Europe for almost 30 years, is gaining popularity in America because it is less invasive and easier for a dog to recover from afterward.

Dr. Frank explained that their Hunt Valley minimally invasive surgery team has trained extensively in laparoscopic surgical techniques, and said this type of surgery has several benefits.

"Naturally, the goal with any type of veterinary surgery is to resolve the health issue with as little trauma to the patient as possible, whether it's veterinary orthopedic surgery, or abdominal surgery," Frank said. "Previously, spay surgeries involved long incisions on the dog's abdomen, which took a long time to heal and were very painful. With a laparoscopic ovariectomy, the incisions are much smaller, which reduces trauma and pain by up to 65 percent. Smaller incisions also mean faster recovery times. It reduces the chance that a large surgical wound could get dirty and infected, simply because the incision is much smaller and easier to keep clean."

According to the veterinarian, laparoscopic surgery requires a smaller incision because the doctor can view the surgical area through a tiny video camera affixed to a thin surgical rod. The camera transmits the image of the area inside of the body to a television screen, magnifying it, so that the surgeon can view a larger, more detailed image of the area without having to make a large incision. According to Dr. Frank, this enables the surgeon to operate with more precision, which can reduce the chances of complications later on.

Dr. Frank said that studies indicate that there are no long-term differences between the outcomes for dogs receiving ovariectomy instead of ovariohysterectomy. In fact, he prefers the former because it accomplishes the desired results with fewer disturbances to the internal organs. He also noted that the follow up risks for pyometra (accumulation of pus in the cavity of the uterus), urinary incontinence and endometritis (inflammation of the uterine lining) that normally accompany a spaying appear to be lower with the laparoscopic surgery.

"We can also perform a gastropexy surgery in large breed dogs at the same time," Frank said. "During a gastropexy, we attach the stomach to the body wall to prevent deadly stomach twisting problems that some large dogs suffer from. By doing the spay and the stomach surgery at the same time, we save the dog and the pet owner a lot of pain and recovery time."

More information about the procedure and Hunt Valley Animal Hospital can be found on their website,

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    Hunt Valley, MD