Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Seeking Advice: Laparoscopic vs. Traditional Gastropexy Procedure?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Seeking Advice: Laparoscopic vs. Traditional Gastropexy Procedure?

    Hello,

    I am the proud new mama of a 3 month old mantle Great Dane girl, Prudence! Anyway, I have been doing research on local vet specialists for gastropexy procedures. I have identified a vet near me who has done many procedures and owns Danes herself. I plan to have the gastropexy completed when Prudence is spayed, as the vet said it is better for them to have it all at once so they only have to go through the surgery experience once.

    The vet informed me that the laparoscopic procedure is less invasive (surgery with several small incisions performed with robotic arms and a camera) and takes less time to heal. The traditional gastropexy is more invasive in that it requires the vet to make an incision the length of the belly to tack the stomach in all necessary places. The healing time is longer, at about two weeks. During that time the vet said Prudence can't do any jumping, playing, running, etc... basically just laying low.

    I am wondering if any of you have had the gastropexy done to your Danes either laparoscopically or traditionally, and what your thoughts are on each.

    I am asking because the vet quoted me at over $2600 for the laparoscopic procedure, and $800 for the traditional procedure (spay included in both quotes). That is a difference of almost $2000 in itself...

    I can afford the laparoscopic procedure as I have a few months to save up, but I am hesitant because of the large cost differential. What have been your experiences with caring for your Dane post traditional gastropexy? What were the benefits for your Dane having a laparoscopic gastropexy?

    I appreciate your advice! Thank you!

  • #2
    The benefit of the lap procedure is that it's less invasive and less recovery time. A traditional pexy allows for better visualization of the area though. I would only do the laprascopic procedure if you have a vet who is very experienced in it and has done a lot of them. I believe a lap spay/pexy at Finn's breeder's vet (in OH) was around $1800 and the vet specializes in minimally invasive surgery.
    sigpic
    Chaucey
    Asaah ~ xxx Asaah LaLa, CGC, registered therapy dog

    Comment


    • #3
      We had a lap spay/pexy done on our girl. It was just under $2,000. We are in Ohio. I highly recommend it, the surgery was quick, 3 very tiny incisions, and the recovery time was minimal. The next day you would have never even known she had surgery.

      Comment


      • #4
        You certainly have more than "a few months to save up".... you have a year to save up because it is recommended that you not have her spayed until she is about a year old. The giant girls don't have their first heat until 10 to 12 months old.

        I just had a laparoscopic spay and pexy for my girl in mid September. She had her first heat at 11 months old, and then her procedure was planned for 3 months after her heat cycle was over .... so she was 14 months old. I'm in Maryland, and had it performed at a medical surgical center for $2,800.00. It was more than I expected to spend, but worth every bit for the excellent care and experienced surgical team that worked on her. I opted to remove her ovaries and leave the uterus. (backwards spay)

        Two, one inch long incisions, and two weeks on a short leash with little to no activity ... just walks. That was the hardest part because by the third day she had her legs back under her and she would have romped around had I let her. I fed several small meals every few hours of canned food, and in a few days begun adding kibble. She had to wear a tee shirt to keep her from licking and scratching the incisions ... so that was a bit of a concern. Stitches were not dissolvable, so we had to return for a check up and to have them removed.
        sigpicCelle: 7/1/14, my current problem child
        Chance: 9/3/05, the stray kitten that Jena brought home
        Jena: 6/2/99 - 10/6/09 R.l.P. my heart dog (merle GD)

        Comment


        • #5
          I also recommend to wait to spay her until she is atleast a year old (so plenty of time to save $). I have two female danes. One is 3 and was spayed when she was a year and 9 months old and the other is only 8 months. She will be spayed at about the same time depending on how her heat cycles space out. I believe in waiting until as long as possible so they get the maximum benefit of the hormones. I also did the laproscopic spay/pexi combo and it was $700 total, I live in central minnesota. She had to take it easy for two weeks post surgery.
          ~Kelsey, mom to~
          Kumah-merle Great Dane 4 years
          Nala-fawn Great Dane 2 months
          Cece- Calico 4 years
          Sammy- Black Domestic Long Hair 3 years
          Tyke- 4 months

          Comment


          • #6
            I have had both types of Gastropexy done. The Laparoscopic does take 2 weeks for recovery time. It is not as invasive but you have to allow time for the sutures to heal internally. If you have a girl, when you spay her at 18-24 months it is very easy for them to do the spay and gastropexy at the same time. I do the laparoscopic when I neuter my boys at the age of 24-48 months.

            Comment


            • #7
              Laparascopic!

              Apollo had a laparoscopic gastropexy at the same time as he was neutered. He also had a scrotal ablation done. We had more issues with the scrltal ablation then the lap pexy. Two small incisions and thats it. One by his belly button and another on the side about 3-4 inches. The stiches on the outside needed to be removed 2 weeks post-op. By the third day he wanted to run and play. The traditional method while less expensive is archaic and past dated, a thing of the past. Worth the extra money. The whole surgical charge was $1600. Apollo was 18 months old and 120lbs.

              Comment


              • #8
                Klaus also had a laparoscopic gastropexy when he was neutered. We had his procedure performed at a vet referral facility that was familiar with the procedure and Great Danes.

                Comment


                • #9
                  My Cooper just had the traditional pexy and scrotal ablation performed 2 days ago - I can't believe how quickly he has bounced back. He is 1.5 years old and 160lbs. I was also surprised at how much smaller the pexy incision actually turned out to be...maybe 2". He also has dissolvable stitches, under the skin. So far, the only challenge is getting my baby to take pills! I used a surgeon whom our breeder recommended (and uses) - total price, just shy of $800. The comfort of a surgeon experienced in working with gentle giants I found to be priceless.
                  Attached Files

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Thank you all

                    Thank you all for your advice! I have been doing more research and while the vet has recommended to have her spayed before her first heat cycle, I do want her to benefit from her hormones for as long as possible, as she is small for her age. It is just hard to know from dog to dog when heat cycles will begin. From the advice of you all, I think it will be best to wait for her first heat cycle and spay her a few months after that... it sounds like that worked best for some of you.

                    I appreciate your help.

                    Oh! And here is my baby girl Prudence at 5 months old now!

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Had the gastropexy, dane still bloated and twisted

                      Hello. I had a rescue Dane who bloated and twisted. I paid $4,000 to the emergency vet to untwist everything and tack his stomach, so this would not happen again. Four months later he bloated and twisted again. This time I went to my regular vet, as I was sure he just bloated, since I was told he could not twist after tacking the stomach... guess what, he did twist and my regular vet (who raises Danes) told me that it is an absolute myth that the stomach cannot twist if it is tacked and that he has seen it happen too many times. I wish I would have known this and saved myself the $4k and my poor dog the pain of recovering from the first surgery only to have it happen again and have to be pts.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SJVLawGirl View Post
                        Hello. I had a rescue Dane who bloated and twisted. I paid $4,000 to the emergency vet to untwist everything and tack his stomach, so this would not happen again. Four months later he bloated and twisted again. This time I went to my regular vet, as I was sure he just bloated, since I was told he could not twist after tacking the stomach... guess what, he did twist and my regular vet (who raises Danes) told me that it is an absolute myth that the stomach cannot twist if it is tacked and that he has seen it happen too many times. I wish I would have known this and saved myself the $4k and my poor dog the pain of recovering from the first surgery only to have it happen again and have to be pts.
                        Gastropexies PREVENT torsion, it is not 100% fail proof. The technique and skill of the surgeon as well as the age of the dog at the time of procedure have a lot to do with success rates.

                        Whoever told you that the dog cannot torsion once pexied was wrong. However, it does successfully prevent torsion in many, many dogs.

                        I am sorry to hear you lost a dog to this. Have you seen the latest research done on GDV which is the first to actually show a strong genetic basis? It was recently posted on here.
                        *Jennifer*
                        Member GDC of Mid-Florida
                        sigpic

                        Comment

                        Working...
                        X