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Belt-Loop Gastropexy for Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Eric Monnet, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS

Surgery, Soft Tissue

|April 2007|Peer Reviewed

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Gastropexy is part of the surgical treatment of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) in dogs. If not performed, the rate of recurrence of GDV is as high as 80%.1

The procedure creates a permanent adhesion between the pyloric antrum and the right abdominal wall. Several techniques of gastropexy have been described in the literature: incisional, circumcostal,3 and belt-loop.4 There are other gastropexy techniques, but each of the techniques mentioned have been shown to be clinically effective and provide sufficient adhesions between the stomach and abdominal walls. The circumcostal is the strongest of the techniques that have been measured, but it is the most technically difficult to perform and the minimal strength required to prevent recurrence of GDV is unknown. The technique I prefer to use for the treatment of GDV is the belt-loop, a straightforward procedure that creates a strong gastropexy.



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