Prophylactic gastropexies are done in some deep-chested, large breed dogs to decrease the risk of Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (aka GDV or bloat). Great Danes are the breed most at risk for this condition. When a prophylactic gastropexy is performed, the stomach wall is sutured to the abdominal wall to prevent this life-threatening condition from occurring.
In female dogs, the gastropexy is usually performed at the same time as ovariohysterectomy(spay) through the same incision, so there is little benefit to laparoscopic surgery. In males the procedure is usually performed at the time of castration (although through a different incision) Laparoscopic surgery is only available at specialist surgical practices and at this time the cost is usually significantly higher than traditional surgical approaches.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions regarding gastropexy, or any other health issues with your pet.