Midline versus flank approach for spaying cats - is one less painful than the other?

Bree Merritt, Abi Collinson
2020 The Veterinary Record  
BOTTOM LINE • There is no clear evidence that a flank incision is more or less painful than a midline incision when spaying cats. However, the surgeon's preference and individual patient circumstances should be considered when choosing which approach to take. Clinical scenario Dr Perry brings her five-month-old female domestic shorthair kitten, Kylie, in to be spayed. She has read on the internet that cats can be spayed using either a midline or a flank incision. She is very concerned about
more » ... concerned about Kylie being in pain and asks you which is the least painful surgical option for Kylie. You wonder if one approach is less painful than the other. The question In [female cats that are being neutered] does [a midline approach compared with a flank approach] [decrease pain following surgery]?
doi:10.1136/vr.m2008 pmid:32482820 fatcat:oghsh4iamff5hj5s2uvb3z3wmq