A County Durham veterinary practice has become the first in the north-east to offer keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery for a variety of procedures including spays, tumour detection and biopsies.
A County Durham veterinary practice has positioned itself at the sharp end of veterinary technology after becoming the first vets in the north-east to offer keyhole surgery for a variety of procedures including spays, tumour detection and biopsies.
The Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in Leadgate has joined a select list of one of only 27 veterinary practices in the UK to provide the technology.
The practice added keyhole surgery to its services after principal vet Jacqui Molyneux, one of a small number of vets in the UK to hold the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, underwent advanced training in the technique at the prestigious North American Veterinary Conference.
Although keyhole – or laparoscopic – surgery is routine in humans, the standard procedure in animals is still open abdominal surgery which can leave the patient suffering large, painful wounds, post-operative pain, slower recovery and a higher risk of post-operative complications and infections.
Ms Molyneux explained: “Keyhole surgery is still a new procedure in veterinary medicine and one that the vast majority of vets in the UK are yet to offer due to the additional high investment in time and other resources required for training.
“We believe however that keyhole surgery represents a major benefit to our patients and clients as it is far less invasive, painful, and has much faster recovery times.”
She added: “Like many other disciplines, laparoscopic surgical techniques are rather different from conventional surgery and the technical skills entail considerable time and effort to develop, however, once mastered, vets are seeing fewer complications than we did in the past using traditional open surgical techniques.”
- For more information about keyhole surgery, contact the Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital on 01207 590 340.