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Gastropexy Prophylactic (Prevent Stomach Bloat)

Surgical Procedure

Gastropexy Prophylactic is a surgical procedure in which a small incision is made in the body cavity in order to stitch or suture the stomach to the abdominal wall, primarily muscle tissue. This procedure is done mostly in deep chest large breed puppies to prevent stomach bloat, which is a condition where the stomach is distended and twists under its own weight (or with the help of food) thus causing an obstruction to the normal movement of food along the intestinal tract. If bloat occurs, the subsequent intestinal blockage can be deadly if left uncheck. In some cases, overnight monitoring may be required after this procedure.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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