Known as the LOVE Spay, LOVE is an acronym formed from:
L for laparoscopy and
OVE for ovariectomy.
Traditional spay surgery requires an incision of one to four inches on the dog’s abdomen. The LOVE spay procedure involves 2-3 small incisions requiring just one stitch each to close the openings. The small incisions accommodate a camera, a tube to inflate the area, and the surgical instruments. With an estimate of 65% less pain to the animal, the procedure uses a cut and cauterize technique instead of tearing the ovarian ligament. There is virtually no bleeding and less trauma to the dog. You and your dog can be back on the beach in 3 days, instead of the traditional 10-14 day recovery time!
We are also using this less-invasive technique to perform gastropexy in larger female and male dogs. Gastropexy is a procedure that attaches the stomach to the body wall to prevent the deadly condition known as gastric-dilatation and volvulus, or “bloat”. With assistance from the laparoscopic instruments, this procedure can be performed with a 2-3 inch incision instead of the traditional 10-14 inch incision. Because this procedure requires the stomach to heal to the body wall, it does require a 2 week rest period.