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Minimally Invasive Propylactic Gastropexy in Dogs
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV, commonly referred to as “Bloat”) is a rapidly life-threatening disease characterized by gas and/or fluid and food distension of the stomach, followed by a severe rotation (often 180-360 degrees) on its axis. The pressure from the distended stomach cuts off the blood supply to the pet’s hind end, and animals can die within hours if not treated.
Giant Breeds (such as Great Danes and Rottweilers) are at highest risk, with other large breed, deep-chested dogs (such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers) are at highest risk, but the problem can occur in medium to even small breeds of dogs.
Dogs having had an episode of dilation without volvulus (true bloat) are at extremely high risk for GDV, as are dogs with a family member who has had a GDV; risk increases with age.
Numerous techniques regarding feeding and activity have been purported to increase or decrease the risk of GDV, but only a gastropexy (surgically attaching the stomach to the body wall to prevent it from twisting) has proven effective in virtually eliminating the risk of GDV.
A gastropexy can be performed via open surgery or in less-invasive fashion via endoscopic or laparoscopic assistance.
Endoscopy allows the stomach to be dilated and held against the right lateral body wall
Entire surgery can be done through a 4cm paracostal (just behind the last rib) incision (the length of the gastropexy itself)
Decreased morbidity (complications)
Permanent adhesion results in lifelong reduction in risk of life-threatening GDV.
Can be done as early as 6 months old.
Please schedule an appointment with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Jeff Christiansen at the clinic of your choice, to discuss prophylactic gastropexy to improve your pet or patient's length and quality of life.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Christiansen directly.
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