Laparoscopic Assisted Gastropexy


Laparoscopic Assisted Gastropexies are a relatively new, less invasive way of surgically preventing life threatening gastric dilation/volvulus (GDV or "bloat") in at risk breeds.  A GDV occurs when the stomach fills with gas, causing the stomach to become distended, then subsequently twists upon itself.  When the stomach twists, the entrance and exit become occluded trapping gas and food in the stomach.  The torsion also traps bloodflow into and out of the stomach creating a life threatening situation.  Dogs with untreated GDV can die in minutes to a few hours.  A prophylactic gastropexy involves tacking the outer lining of the stomach to the abdominal wall.  Once healed, this strong bond prevents the stomach from twisting on itself in the future.   

Preventing a GDV from happening is highly recommended for dogs at risk, usually breeds with large deep chests.  Examples of at risk breeds include: 

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  • Great Danes
  • Saint Bernards
  • Weimeraners
  • Boxers
  • Standard Poodles
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Irish Setters
  • Basset Hounds

Traditionally, having a gastropexy performed on your dog would require a full abdominal incision which could lead to longer recovery times and more post-operative discomfort.  Laparoscopic gastropexies allow us to tack the dogs stomach to the abdominal wall through a very small incision (approx. 2" long).  This minimally invasive approach leads to less post-operative discomfort and a much faster recovery time. 

Please call or come in to ask about this innovative, non-invasive form of surgery for your pet. Our team would be happy to answer any questions or to book a consultation with one of our doctors.