|A new technique is described for a prophylactic incisional gastropexy via a right-sided grid approach (i.e., minilaparotomy).
A pilot study showed comparable tensile strength between a traditional ventral midline approach and the grid approach.
Six client-owned dogs were selected for the procedure.
Four weeks postoperatively, a barium gastrogram was performed to assess stomach/gastropexy position.
Complications included a seroma and postoperative discomfort.
This technique should be considered for any at-risk breed that is not overweight.
The right-sided grid approach to a prophylactic gastropexy was less invasive than a ventral midline approach and resulted in a stable gastropexy at 4 weeks postoperatively in five of six dogs.
Source: Sonja M. Steelman-Szymeczek, Martha E. Stebbins, Elizabeth M. Hardie (2003): Clinical Evaluation of a Right-Sided Prophylactic Gastropexy Via a Grid Approach. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 39:397-402 (2003)
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