Minimally Invasive Gastropexy – a Preventative Procedure


Key Points

A procedure called a gastropexy can be done to tack the right side of the stomach to the right side of the body wall using minimally invasive surgery

Benefits of the laparoscopic surgery:

  • Shorter surgery and anesthesia time
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Prevents life-threatening twist of stomach
  • Less expensive than treating life-threatening GDV
  • Patient can go home on the day of the procedure

 

Indications

  • Gastric volvulus and dilation (GDV) or bloat is a common life-threatening condition that affects many large breeds of dogs; for information on GDV look at GDV web page.  This condition involves distention of the stomach usually with gas and twisting of the stomach
  • Why wait until the life-threatening condition has occurred?  A preventative minimally invasive procedure is now available for your pet
  • Breeds that are susceptible to GDV and should be considered for the preventative procedure
    • Great Danes – one in four Danes will bloat in their lifetime
    • Irish Wolf Hounds
    • German Shepherds
    • Standard Poodles
    • Blood Hounds

 

Laparoscopic surgery

  • A procedure called a gastropexy can be done to tack the right side of the stomach to the right side of the body wall using minimally invasive surgery
  • A scope is inserted into the belly cavity
  • An instrument port is made on the front right side of the abdomen and the right side of the stomach is picked up with a laparoscopic instrument
  • The instrument port incision is enlarged to 1 1/2 inches and the stomach is sutured to the right body wall
  • Below is a photo of laparoscopic surgery being performed; the surgery is visualized on the monitor as it is being performed

 

 

Benefits of the laparoscopic surgery over open surgery

  • Shorter surgery and anesthesia time
  • Minimally invasive
  • Two small incisions therefore less scaring
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Prevents life-threatening twist of stomach
  • Less expensive than treating life-threatening GDV
  • Patient can go home on the day of the procedure

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