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Burning a new path - a neutering technique that could save time

Published: 9/3/2018
Saving time can be important in practice settings. Professor Nick Jeffery, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), our official scientific journal, highlights a paper that may offer help...

Who wouldn’t want to save an average of ten minutes on each bitch spay? In the August issue of JSAP, Australian veterinarian Dr John Watts shows how it can be done using bipolar diathermy for haemostasis. What’s more, the technique can be used for neutering both male and female cats and dogs.

Your initial reaction might be to worry about the risk of bleeding if ligatures are not used but, in a series of almost 4,000 operations, there was only one (non-fatal) incident. Dr Watts also reports that the technique was particularly appreciated by newly-qualified graduates. So – why wouldn’t everyone use this method? Apart from having to buy the equipment, perhaps the most salient aspect is indemnity so readers wishing to further investigate this method might wish to consult their insurers first!

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