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Question Ovary Sparing Spay (OSS) info?

Hello All,

I have been doing some preliminary informational research on the Ovary Sparing Spay (OSS) procedure as an alternative to a complete removal of all reproductive organs for my Chloe. It appears that there might be benefits to the bones by retaining the ovaries for hormones, which makes sense to me despite that I am a medical layperson.

The only empirical research I could find is one, small study on larger dogs. Here are some links with some information I found:

The Pros of Partial Spay - IVC Journal

The Parsemus Foundation, which has a provider list for vets who perform this procedure:
https://www.parsemus.org/category/do...-sparing-spay/

Provider list:
https://www.parsemus.org/projects/veterinarian-list/

And a Facebook page with further information:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/alte...ealteringinfo/

I also found a video with an interview where Dr. Karen Becker Interviews Dr. Michelle Kutzler about the procedure:


Does anyone have any personal experiences with OSS? I have searched the forum and can't locate any posts on OSS. I am seriously considering this and have contacted Oregon State University and am awaiting a return call from the vet that performs these procedures. I was told that Oregon State University performs approximately two per month.

It seems that periodic ultrasound screenings would need to be performed to check for cancer of the mammary glands.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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It is on the forum. They fill abdomen with air. The procedure is easier for a larger dog.

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Look at "Neutering Advice Please".

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Lola had an laparoscopic ovariectomy in which the ovaries are removed but the uterus is left intact. I researched it in our area and ended up at the University of Illinois Vet Med hospital. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. She recovered quickly without any incidence.
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here are a couple of articles Announcing a New Safer Alternative to Traditional Spaying

study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16472293
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Can't find info on the forum specifically Re: Ovary Sparing Spay...

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Look at "Neutering Advice Please".
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I have already searched "ovary sparing spay" and "spay" on the forum, read all I could locate, and could only find information about a traditional spay or information about the ovaries being removed and leaving the uterus.

OSS is the opposite, it leaves the ovaries for the benefit of the hormones, and removes the uterus.
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Lola had an laparoscopic ovariectomy in which the ovaries are removed but the uterus is left intact. I researched it in our area and ended up at the University of Illinois Vet Med hospital. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. She recovered quickly without any incidence.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences; greatly appreciated. OSS is the opposite procedure, it spares the ovaries for the benefit of the hormones and removes the uterus. Good to know about the procedure you had to research as an alternative!

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I don't recall any discussion on OSS . Because this is SO new, I would be reluctant to try it. More research and studies need to be done before this would be an option for me. It would be difficult to find many qualified vets who would perform this type of surgery. JMO
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences; greatly appreciated. OSS is the opposite procedure, it spares the ovaries for the benefit of the hormones and removes the uterus. Good to know about the procedure you had to research as an alternative!

The OSS procedure makes more sense to me than leaving the uterus. I guess taking out the uterus makes it less invasive and shorter recovery, that must be the main benefit. If hormone preservation is your goal it looks like OSS is the way to go. I've never had a female, I may be getting one in a few weeks and much has changed since I got my last Hav amost 14 years ago! He came already neutered, that was such a bonus but he was very young when it was done.
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