Preventive Gastropexy Can Save Your Pet's Life! It can also say you a lot of worry and expense!
AND....it can be performed by minimally invasive techniques using a laparoscope!
Gastropexy is the surgical attachment of the stomach to the abdominal wall or to the diaphragm. This surgical procedure is recommended specifically for prevention of a common medical emergency known as "bloat" or Gastric Dilatation and Volvolus (GDV) in deep chested dogs (ie. Great Danes, German Shepherd, Irish Wolfhands etc.). GDV is a life threatening emergency wherein the dog's stomach gets filled with air that causes it to turn or twist which then cuts off the blood circulation to the stomach and possibly other abdominal organs.
The procedure tacks or attaches the stomach wall to the body wall and prevents it from twisting. The new laparoscopic gastropexy technique requires only a small incision on the side of the abdomen and is less invasive surgery. Laparoscopy uses fiber optics, a small video camera and designed surgical instruments to allow surgery to occur through two small slits in the abdomen. This surgical method makes recovery time quicker and lowers surgical risks.
If you have a new puppy or dog that you think may be at risk, our veterinarians can discuss this procedure with you and answer any questions that you may have.