- Jan 13, 2011
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Most shelter spays are performed through a keyhole incision and take a shelter vet 10 minutes (on average).
Nephrectomy is performed through a much larger incision, requires much more extensive dissection, takes much longer, and has a different set of complications. So I do believe it is much more invasive.
So what complication rate is acceptable for elective procedures on healthy animals in shelters, then?
(Though, I take it the larger portion of your point is really the future effect on the animal, not the procedure itself?)