Laparoscopy at Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital

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In keeping with our ideals, to provide cutting edge facilities at our hospital, in Ashford, we have been using laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) with increasing frequency.

Over 250 procedures have now been performed since we introduced it in February 2011. We were the first Veterinary practice in the UK to buy a new blood vessel sealing device, called a Force Triad, more commonly used in human hospitals. This enables safe, quick closure of blood vessels during surgery.

The benefits of laparoscopy are significant reductions in post-operative pain and hence recovery times. The wounds are significantly smaller meaning patients are less likely to traumatise them, themselves and if they do the consequences are reduced in severity.

Visualisation is greatly improved allowing the whole abdomen to be examined through a 6mm hole (portal). Cosmetic appearance is also improved ( although our patients seem less concerned by this!)

Procedures performed laparoscopically

  • Routine spaying of bitches
  • Retained testicles in male dogs
  • Liver biopsies (and other organs such as kidneys, pancreas as may be necessary)
  • Exploratory abdominal surgery
  • Cystoscopy (bladder exploration)
  • Thoracic exploration including operations on the lining of the heart and lungs


Read what our clients say

"Best vets on the south coast, would not take my three dogs anywhere else. The staff are so caring from the receptionists to the head vet.

I have had some very poorly dogs in the past and they have been treated with the utmost care and tenderness and dignity.

I cannot fault this vets at all and would recommend them very highly indeed."

RCVS Accredited practice

We are accredited with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


Mobile Vets in Wye

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Does your pet get stressed at the vets?
Let us bring our vet to your pets!
The Wye mobile surgery is run by our vet Lindsay White every Tuesday morning. If you live in Wye village we will visit, with no charge for the visit fee.
Your pet can have a consultation in the stress free environment of your own home.
Please phone us in advance to book your home visit.
Telephone 01233 624 687

Purpose Built Veterinary Hospital

Our main, purpose-built hospital on Barrow Hill, is Ashford's only hospital standard practice, independently inspected by the RCVS and awarded its highest classification for a veterinary practice.
At the Barrow Hill group of veterinary practices, we have a dedicated team of vets and nurses available twenty four hours a day, every day of the year, to provide compassionate care for your pets.
Both our New Romney and Hythe surgeries are fully equipped to deal with routine procedures to give you the convenience of belonging to your local practice, yet still having access to the extensive facilities of the hospital.

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