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Gastropexy Surgery

Understanding Gastropexy Surgery: A Lifesaving Procedure for Dogs


Why do we recommend Gastropexy Surgery?

To prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV). Commonly referred to as bloat, GDV is an often fatal emergency that causes the dog’s stomach to distend and twist.

What is a Gastropexy?

An elective surgical procedure that permanently attaches (tacks) their stomachs to the body wall.

  • Prophylactic gastropexy is performed by a veterinary surgeon. Two incisions are made in the body wall, where the stomach is to be tacked, at the same spot from both the outside and inside. Sutures attach the stomach to the body wall at this spot. Scar tissue created from the two incisions will hold the stomach in place.
    • This can be done laparoscopically as well (less invasive and typically take less time to heal)

Gastropexy can be done when the dog is six months or older. It can also be done as part of treatment at the emergency room during an episode of GDV.GDV (Bloat)

Breeds at Risk

GDV can happen to any breed of dog but tends to occur in deep, barrel-chested dogs such as Great Danes, St. Bernards, greyhounds, German Shepherds, Weimaraners, boxers, etc. Great Danes have the highest risk. It can also happen to any dog whose adult weight is expected to reach over 99 pounds

Recovery and Post-Operative Care

Plan for 10-14 days of rest and limited activity to facilitate post-surgical healing. Your pet will have to wear an e-collar to prevent licking during this time.

We encourage pet owners to consult with their veterinarian about gastropexy surgery if your furry friend is one of the at-risk breeds listed above.

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