Laparoscopic Bitch Spay

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About the course

Minimally invasive surgery has transformed the way surgical procedures have been performed on humans over the past twenty years and it is becoming increasingly uncommon for human surgeons to have to resort to open techniques. Veterinary surgery is treading the same route with many clinics now performing many or all of their bitch spays laparoscopically. The benefits are self- evident and the procedure is well received, indeed sought out, by clients. Many clinics already own flexible endoscopy equipment and thus have much of the basic equipment (light source, suction, camera, monitor etc) necessary for rigid endoscopy and laparoscopy. Additional equipment and training, and therefore expense, is required to perform laparoscopy. However no-one does liver biopsies on a daily basis and this expense must be justified. Most surgeons starting laparoscopy would consider the bitch spay as the core procedure and main reason for investing in the equipment. After all it is a routine procedure that we all do on an almost daily basis and will therefore bring in the revenue to pay for the equipment as well as providing sufficient practice to keep their hand in so they can do other, more advanced techniques and expand their repertoire.

By the end of this course participants should have an understanding of:

• Equipment required for laparoscopy

• Instrument handling techniques

• Basic laparoscopic principles

• Principles of electrosurgery and haemostasis

• Laparoscopic ovariectomy

• Laparoscopic ovariohysterectomy 

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