Canine gastropexy

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Canine gastropexy is a surgical procedure performed most commonly in large breed dogs to prevent gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat. GDV is a life-threatening condition in which the stomach flips over and expands, trapping air and gases in the stomach. Circulation to the stomach and spleen is subsequently interrupted, resulting in shock which can be fatal.[1]

In gastropexy, the stomach is tacked to the right side of the abdominal wall, so it cannot shift or twist.[2][3] The procedure can be conducted laparoscopically.[4][5]

Gastropexy is an effective preventive against death from GDV in large dogs. In studies of dogs treated for GDV, of those with gastropexy, only 4.3% had a re-occurrence of GDV, compared to 54.5% of those dogs that did not have a gastropexy.[6]

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  1. ^ "Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), Bloat and Torsion", Dr. Ron Hines, All Creature Care, April 21, 2006.
  2. ^ "Key gastrointestinal surgeries - Incisional gastropexy," by K. Watson & K.M. Tobias, Veterinary Medicine, Vol 101(4), 213+, 2006.
  3. ^ "A rapid and strong laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy in dogs," C.A. Rawlings, T.L. Foutz, M.B. Mahaffey, et al., American Journal of Veterinary Research, Vol 62, pages 871–875, 2001.
  4. ^ "Laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy," C.A. Rawlings, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association,Vol 38(1), Pages: 15-19, 2002.
  5. ^ "Intracorporeal suture reinforcement during laparoscopic gastropexy in dogs," F.M. Sanchez-Margallo, I. Diaz-Guemes, & J. Uson-Gargallo, Veterinary Record, Vol 160(23), Pages: 806-807, 2007.
  6. ^ "A prospective study of survival and recurrence following the acute gastric dilatation-volvulus syndrome in 136 dogs," L.T. Glickman, G.C. Lantz, D.B. Schellenberg, & N.W. Glickman. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, Vol 34, pages 253–259, 1998.