Objective To report technique, surgical time, complication rate, and postoperative activity in dogs undergoing 2 intracorporeally-sutured total laparoscopic gastropexy (TLG) techniques compared with a laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy (LAG) technique. Study Design Randomized clinical trial. Animals Dogs (n=30) weighing >25 kg. Methods Dogs were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups. Two TLG techniques were performed using a median 3 portal technique. One of 2 suturing techniques was used to approximate corresponding incisions made in the stomach and body wall; using intracorporeal hand-suturing or a suture-assist device (Endostitch™). In a 3rd group, a previously reported LAG technique was used. All dogs had an activity monitor placed for 7 days pre- and postoperatively. Linear regression analyses were performed to evaluate the association of surgical procedure on gastropexy time and the percentage change in activity counts. Results Median gastropexy time was 28 minutes (range, 20-41 minutes) for LAG, 48 minutes (range, 39-61 minutes) for the hand suture TLG technique, and 56 minutes (range, 30-90 minutes) for the Endostitch™ TLG technique. LAG was performed faster than TLG (P<.05). LAG dogs had a greater decrease in postoperative activity than TLG dogs (P=.005); however there was no difference in surgical time or postoperative activity between TLG techniques. Conclusions TLG can be performed safely and effectively in dogs and although it takes longer, it has less impact on postoperative activity compared with LAG. Clinical Relevance TLG techniques may have advantages over LAG as measured by a greater willingness of dogs to move around postoperatively.
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