Meet April pet of the month - Casper
We have featured un-descended testicles before but these are the cases that most benefit from keyhole surgery. At Springwell we average two of these cases per year and the image attached is an unedited real-time exploration and isolation of an abdominally retained right testicle. Don't worry, it doesn't take long! Casper was castrated using only a 5mm camera port and a 10mm operating port plus the normal incision used to remove his normally descended testicle.
There can be big problems with open surgery. Identifying the location of the retained testicle, which can vary massively, or whether it exists at all, usually requires a large incision in the body wall. Made around the penis, these can be painful and are prone to postoperative swelling and licking. Often they can be unnecessary as the testicle may well then be found under the skin.
Keyhole castration for retained testicles therefore is more effecient, less painful, has quicker recovery time with fewer complications and will probably be cheaper.
Please spread the word! No dog should be subjected to open surgery for this condition.