Keyhole Surgery and Endoscopy
At Feldon Vets we are always striving to minimise the impact of diagnostic procedures and surgery on our patients and the best way to do this is to make them less invasive. Using keyhole surgery and endoscopy – tiny cameras – for investigation means:
Feldon Vet, Hugh Hawkins, who is based at our Leamington Spa Hospital, has a special interest in this area, with extensive experience, as well as an advanced qualification in Endoscopy and Endosurgery (Keyhole surgery).
This allows Hugh to carry out a wide range of procedures to an extremely high level. He is also available for expert advice and referrals for other vet practices.
For his full bio, see Hugh’s profile page
Simon Howarth, a vet who moved from New Zealand and joined Feldon in 2014, is particularly interested in small animal surgery and especially new laparoscopic techniques.
Simon now carries out a number of these procedures at Feldon.
For his full bio, see Simon’s profile on our Meet the Team page
Keyhole surgery is widely accepted as the gold standard technique for many operations in human medicine. However, availability for pets is relatively recent and we are proud to be one of only a handful of veterinary surgeries in the UK offering it.
As well as less pain and faster recovery for your pet, the advantages include clearer diagnosis and more precise surgery, plus fewer wound infections. Many pets can now be treated on a day patient basis, instead of needing lengthy in-patient stays.
Keyhole surgery is especially useful for
- Spaying for bitches
- Biopsies – for eg liver and kidneys
- Removal of the pancreas
- Removal of retained testicles
- Removal of tumours
- Stomach bloat
- Back pain and spinal conditions
Simply put, our endoscopic service allows us to view and explore places inside your pet that we wouldn’t normally be able to see without complex surgery.
We use both flexible endoscopes and rigid endoscopy procedures for investigation and treatment of a range of conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Lung disease and breathing problems
- Retrieving foreign bodies
- Nasal and sinus disorders
- Urinary tract disorders
- Ear conditions
These are rapidly growing areas of veterinary medicine, with more and more procedures becoming available, transforming treatments for your pet.
To find out more please contact our Leamington Spa Hospital.