Gastropexy Procedure

Pine Bluff Animal Hospital, located in Morris, IL, works closely with Great Dane breeders, handlers and rescue organizations, providing a unique opportunity to treat a great deal of torsion cases as well as perform a large number of preventive gastropexy procedures. Dr. Brian Schmidt is highly experienced in laparoscopically assisted gastropexy, a minimally invasive technique to prevent bloat torsion in at-risk breeds.

Dr. Schmidt’s expertise attracts patients nationwide ranging from family pets to show dogs. Since performing his first laparoscopic assisted gastropexy in January 2005, he has successfully performed over 900 procedures! What used to require an open abdominal procedure, now requires a minor 1-1.5” long incision. This promotes faster recovery, shorter hospitalization, less chance of infection and significantly less pain. Following a 30 minute procedure, patients are typically discharged the same day.

Clients from across the United States seek Dr. Schmidt’s talent and experience, confident in his ability to protect their dogs from bloat torsion. Although torsion does not affect every Great Dane or large, deep-chested dog, when it does, it is an acute and dangerous condition that if not treated in time usually results in death. For this reason, we highly recommend this procedure to all at-risk dogs as a preventive measure.

What is Bloat?

While bloat is not the same condition as torsion or volvulus, it is still dangerous with an alarming fatality rate. By simply being mindful of this deadly and unpredictable condition, you could save your dog’s life. If urgent medical care is not received, death can result within hours. Call us right away if you notice symptoms such as restlessness, unproductive vomiting, a distended abdomen or collapse.

How Can I Protect My Dog?

Gastropexy surgery is a safe and effective way to protect your dog and save their life. By tacking the stomach to the abdominal wall, the deadly effects of torsion are prevented. Although deep-chested and larger breeds face the greatest risk, smaller dogs still have the potential to be affected based on factors such as anatomy, care and environment.

Reduce your dog’s risk by keeping an eye on how much and how quickly food is consumed. When dogs consume one meal a day, they tend to eat very fast, therefore increasing their risk. Still, it is possible for owners to do everything right—feeding their dog a nutritious diet in recommended portions and frequency, and control post-eating activity—yet, bloat still occurs. Although gastropexy surgery does not prevent gastric dilation from overconsuming food, it is proven effective in safeguarding against the deadliness of torsion.