Long-Term Outcome and Complications Following Prophylactic Laparoscopic-Assisted Gastropexy in Dogs

Natasha K. Loy Son, Ameet Singh, Pierre Amsellem, Jessica Kilkenny, Brigitte A. Brisson, Michelle L. Oblak, Adam T. Ogilvie

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Objective: To characterize the short- and long-term outcome (>12 months), complications, and owner satisfaction following prophylactic laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy (LAG) in dogs. Study Design: Retrospective study. Animals: Client-owned dogs (n = 49). Methods: Dogs that underwent prophylactic LAG at 2 veterinary academic hospitals were studied. Surgical time, anesthesia time, concurrent intra- and extra-abdominal procedures, and intraoperative and postoperative complications were recorded following review of medical records. Veterinarian and/or owner follow-up was obtained to determine outcome and satisfaction with LAG. Results: Five of 49 dogs (10%) experienced complications related to abdominal access during LAG. Four percent (2/49) of dogs experienced an intraoperative complication. Follow-up information was available for 89% of dogs (44/49). Four dogs died of causes unrelated to LAG or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) in the follow-up period. Two dogs experienced major postoperative complications requiring additional veterinary intervention. Thirty percent (13 dogs) experienced a minor postoperative self-limiting wound-related complication. Median follow-up time was 698 days (range, 411–1825). No dogs experienced GDV. One hundred percent of dog owners were satisfied with LAG, would repeat the procedure in a future pet, and would recommend the procedure to a friend or family member. Conclusion: LAG was an effective procedure for prevention of GDV and was associated with high client satisfaction in this cohort of dogs. A moderate rate of postoperative wound complications occurred that were minor and self-limiting in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)O77-O83
JournalVeterinary Surgery
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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