A Prophylactic Gastropexy is a surgical procedure that involves creating an adhesion or attachment between the outside surface of the stomach and the inside surface of the body wall. This procedure is done to prevent a very severe life-threatening condition termed “Gastric Dilation and Volvulus“(GDV). GDV involves not just the bloating of the stomach with gas, but the rotation or twisting of a gas filled stomach, which then blocks the entry and exit points of the stomach. Patients experiencing true GDV need immediate surgical intervention to save their lives. Deep chested, large breed, dogs are at the greatest risk of developing GDV.
At Kew Beach Veterinary Hospital, we perform a laparoscopic assisted prophylactic gastropexy. This procedure allows us to greatly reduce the incision size required and typically takes considerably less anesthetic time to complete, than a prophylactic gastropexy performed through an open abdominal incision.
This procedure is commonly recommended in at risk breeds at the time of their spay or neuter surgery.