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ABSTRACT: 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.
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 07/2003; 39(4):397-402. DOI:10.5326/0390397 · 0.86 Impact Factor