Sunny, a 6 month old Bull Mastiff, recently had a laparoscopic gastropexy to prevent Gastric Dilation Volvulus. This surgery is not often performed laparoscopically but our surgeon, Dr Andrew, did the procedure for the first time and it was a big success!
Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) known as "bloat" is most commonly seen in large breed, deep chested dogs and can be fatal if left untreated. GDV is most commonly seen in dogs such as Great Danes, Bull Mastiffs, German Shepherds, Blood Hounds and Standard Poodles.
It generally occurs when the dog has eaten food too quickly after a large meal or if exercised too soon after eating. The stomach twists and the dog feels nauseous and retches, so air is ingested into the stomach. The stomach then begins to swell in the abdomen and once the pressure builds too much, the dog then goes into shock resulting in death.
Gastropexy is a procedure where the stomach is stitched to the abdomen wall to greatly reduce any chance of GDV occurring and is a preventative surgery. We are now performing this surgery laparoscopically (using a small camera and instruments) as it is much less invasive and patients recover much quicker.
If this is a procedure you think you might be interested in us performing on your much loved pooch, please call the clinic on 9489 2195 to discuss it further.