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Surgical errors of incisional gastropexy in two dogs
  1. Megan Theresa Cray1,
  2. Laura Elizabeth Selmic1,
  3. Grace Pei-Chun Lai2 and
  4. Rachel Jane Tulipan3
  1. 1 Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  2. 2 Small Animal Clinical Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
  3. 3 Blue Pearl Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Laura Elizabeth Selmic; lselmic{at}


Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) is a common life-threatening surgical emergency seen in large and giant breed dogs. Incisional gastropexy is a common surgical procedure used to treat GDV following gastric derotation and for prevention of GDV in those breeds at risk for developing GDV. This manuscript describes two specific surgical errors that occurred during an incisional gastropexy procedure in two dogs. Both surgical errors were addressed with a second surgery and resulted in good outcomes. This report highlights specific surgical errors that can occur when performing an incisional gastropexy and discusses how to avoid these adverse events.

  • abdominal
  • dogs
  • gastrointestinal
  • soft tissue surgery
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