Laparoscopic Spays Less Traumatic and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spays

By isak, June 28, 2009

Huntington Station, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2009 — Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen magnifies internal structures of the abdomen on a TV monitor for thorough examination. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy. In recent years, laparoscopy has been adopted as less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional spays.

In traditional spays a 2″ to 3″ incision is made in the abdomen through which the ovarian ligament is torn from the abdominal wall. “This tearing may cause bruising to the abdominal wall and postoperative pain,” Dr. Michel Selmer said. “By performing the procedure laparoscopically the patient experiences less trauma and minimal pain. With the laparoscope we are able to perform the surgery with magnified views of the organs, allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn.”

Some of the advantages of laparoscopic spays over traditional surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time
  • Controlled cuts minimize pain and bruising caused by tearing tissue in traditional spays
  • Simple to perform and involves few complications
  • Allows for excellent visualization of abdominal organs.
  • The entire surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions rather than a larger abdominal opening.

In larger breed dog’s gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.

Dr. Michel Selmer attended Long Island University (graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology) and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from Michigan State University. Dr. Selmer owns and operates the Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington since 1996. In his hospital, Dr. Selmer focuses on minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical techniques, laparoscopic surgeries, ultrasounds, orthopedic surgeries, and endoscopies. Dr. Selmer is an accredited member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association, and currently is the Vice President of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Society. He is recognized as one of America’s top veterinarians by Consumer’s Research Council of America for 2006 and 2007. More information is available by calling 631-FOR-PETS or visiting his website at

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