Laparoscopic Gastropexy in Dogs


Laparoscopic Gastropexy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to prevent Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), commonly known as bloat, in dogs. This condition is life-threatening and requires immediate veterinary attention. Preventative gastropexy can significantly reduce the risk of GDV, offering peace of mind to pet owners.

Why This Surgery?

GDV occurs when the stomach fills with gas and twists on itself, cutting off blood flow. It can lead to shock and requires emergency surgery. Certain breeds with deep chests are at a higher risk. Laparoscopic gastropexy is recommended as a preventative measure, particularly for at-risk breeds, to anchor the stomach to the abdominal wall, preventing it from twisting.

Why perform surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Expertise: Our surgeons have extensive training in minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • Advanced Pain Management: Patients receiving this procedure typically receive regional pain blocks to ensure the best possible experience for their pets.  
  • Tailored Care: Our dedicated veterinary team customizes post-operative care to each patient's needs and monitors it 24/7.
  • Allied has top-tier equipment - a 4K laparoscope with fluorescence capabilities. 

What Does the Surgery Involve?

Using laparoscopic tools, the surgeon creates a small incision in the abdomen to access the stomach and then sutures it to the abdominal wall. This procedure effectively prevents the stomach from twisting, which is the primary cause of GDV.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Reduced Risk of GDV: Significantly lowers the chances of your dog experiencing GDV, a potentially fatal condition.
  • Faster Recovery: The minimally invasive nature of the surgery allows for quicker healing and less post-operative discomfort compared to traditional open surgery.
  • Improved Quality of Life: With the reduced risk of GDV, your dog can continue to live an active and healthy life without the looming threat of this emergency condition.

Risks and Complications:

While laparoscopic gastropexy is generally safe, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including reactions to anesthesia, infection, and bleeding. However, these risks are minimized through careful monitoring and advanced surgical techniques.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Post-Operative Monitoring: We recommend a short hospital stay to monitor your dog's recovery immediately after surgery.
  • Pain Management: Your pet will receive pain relief to ensure a comfortable recovery.
  • Activity Restrictions: Limited activity is advised during the initial recovery period to ensure proper healing.

Cost Considerations:

Our experienced team can provide a detailed estimate of the surgery cost, including the pre-operative evaluation, surgery, and post-operative care.

Final Thoughts:

Choosing laparoscopic gastropexy for your dog is a proactive step towards preventing a life-threatening condition. Our team at Allied Veterinary Service is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout the surgical process.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes can vary based on individual circumstances. Always consult with a veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
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