Brittmoore Animal Hospital

1236 Brittmoore Rd.
Houston, TX 77043


Brittmoore Animal Hospital now offers
"Offering your pet up to 65% less pain"

What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopic surgery is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions as opposed to the larger incisions needed in laparotomy. The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide. This elevates the abdominal wall above the internal organs like a dome to create a working and viewing space. CO2 is used because can be absorbed by tissue and removed by the respiratory system.

Traditional Spays

In a traditional spay a 2 to 3 inch or larger incision is made in the abdomen through which the ovarian ligament is blindly torn form the abdominal wall. This tearing may cause bruising and postoperative pain. Traditional spays require significant tension on the ovaries and uterus which may cause trauma and bleeding. Traditional spays are typically performed as in-patient surgeries which may require an overnight stay.

Laparoscopic Spays

When performing a laparoscopic spay, the procedure is done through two or three tiny incisions in the abdomen, typically 3/16 inches in size. The procedure is performed with magnified views of the organs allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn. Laparoscopic spays offer patients up to 65% less pain, minimal recovery time and less trauma than traditional spays.

What is Bloat?

Bloat or gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) is the number one cause of death for giant and large breeds. Bloat occurs when the stomach fills with food, water and/or gas. This causes increased pressure that enlarges and compresses the stomach and eventually causes the stomach to twist into an abnormal position. As the stomach twist, it cuts off blood flow to and from the stomach and the organ eventually dies which quickly causes severe shock and infection within the abdomen.

What is Gastropexy?

A prophylactic (preventative) gastropexy is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is tacked (sutured) to the inside body wall to prevent the stomach from twisting and turning.

Which breeds are high risks of bloat?

Great Danes are the number one breed at risk, Saint Bernards rank #2, and Weimaraners rank #3. Any large breed is at risk and dogs greater than 99 pounds have a 20% risk of bloat.

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Advantages of Laparoscopic
Spays Over Traditional Surgery

A recent study concluded laparoscopic spays caused
less surgical stress and
p to 65% less post-operative pain than a traditional open surgical spay.

  • The entire surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions rather than a larger abdominal opening. Smaller incisions are less painful and reduce recovery time.
  • Usually performed as an outpatient procedure so your pet recovers at home. Traditional open spays typically require an overnight stay.
  • Laparoscopy allows for better visualization of abdominal organs.
  • Controlled incisions eliminate pain and brushing by the tearing of tissue associated with traditionals spays.
  • In larger breed dogs gastropexy can be performed at the time of spay.

Lapraoscopic Surgery

Can both procedures be performed
at the same time?
Yes, and it is encouraged especially in
deep chested dogs to prevent
this life-threatening event.