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Old 11-19-2012, 08:12 PM
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Laproscopic spay & gastropexy?

Kiyo has a laproscopic spay & gastropexy scheduled for next Monday, and before I bring her in I wanted to check w/ those on the forum to see if anyone has had experience with a duo operation like this.

I'll fess up to having second thoughts -- surgical procedures of this sort take 30 to 40 minutes (Kiyo's trainer is a semi-retired board certified veterinary surgeon) while laproscopy for this takes two to three hours. I'm a Nervous Nellie about the thought of Kiyo being under anesthesia for that long.

I've lost a lot of dogs recently, and would be devastated by losing Kiyo, too. Yes, I know there's a risk to any surgery, and yes, I'm anxious and worried.

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:34 PM
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Re: Laproscopic spay & gastropexy?

I am sorry I didn't see this until now. If you are going to spay, my understanding that doing lap is the way to go. If you have the opportunity to also tack the stomach, do so.
My boy Fizbin had his stomach tacked when he was just shy of 10 years old when he had his spleen removed due to a tumor. 9 months later he bloated for unexplained reasons. It took me a while to realize he was bloating, but when it hit me, I repeated to myself all the way to the e-clinic in the dead of winter was that, "his stomach is tacked, his stomach is tacked, his stomach is tacked." It saved his life.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:38 PM
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Re: Laproscopic spay & gastropexy?

I can't say I have any experience as (I don't believe) laproscopic is an option where I live, but I wanted to wish you and Kiyo the best next Monday.

I'm a firm believer any decision made with your dog's best interest at heart is always the right decision.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:29 AM
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Re: Laproscopic spay & gastropexy?

Nancy, we live in an area well known for the best and newest veterinary procedures. It's a hotbed, and undoubtedly Kiyo will be absolutely fine. Tho I do understand your worry factor is in enhanced mode. You know where it's coming from.

Kiyo is young and healthy and will be on the table for a brief period. You'll get thru this and she will be well and home again recovering in short order. Where are you having it done? I'm not so far I couldn't come, if you need. Tomorrow, right? Free all day!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:32 PM
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Re: Laproscopic spay & gastropexy?

I opted to have Kiyo spayed & pexy-ed surgically. Upon further investigation, I discovered the vets at Cornell do not have sufficient experience with the procedure; I was not enamored with the concept that Kiyo would be 'experiment dog.'

In addition, there was a case there recently where a dog died in what appears to be negligence. The techs told the vet that the dog was clearly showing signs of mega-esophagus, and the vet on the case said 'it's nothing.' The dog died, and no one is accepting responsibility.

I had the procedure done by a board-certified surgeon I've known for 16+ years. Expensive, but worth the piece of mind.

And now Kiyo is home, acting like a puppy. And she's supposed to be quiet (no running, playing, jumping, climbing stairs, or 'walks for fun') for anther 12 days. I'm going to be completely crazy before that date....!!!
Nancy

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Rafa (? – 9/10/12) Always in my heart. - My Quiet Giant
Londie, (1999-7/21/12) Always in my heart. My Twilight Girl
Nikka, Queen of the World & Empress of All She Surveyed. (1999 - 5/28/12) Always in my heart - My Perfect Girl.
Willow Creek's Tsuki Aoi (Zuki): CGC, TT. (1/27/09 to 12/20/11). Always in my heart -- My blithe spirit.
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