Veterinary Outpatient Surgical Center

5091 Westfields Blvd
Centreville, VA 20120


Gastric Dilation Volvulus (Bloat)

Bloat is a surgical emergency to untwist the stomach that has been twisted and distended with gas and fluid. It occurs when a deep chested dog’s stomach fills with fluid or food and then twists and begins to distend with gas. When the stomach twists, it pulls the spleen along with it and can cause shock and then death. The first goal is to relieve the gas and fluid. Next, we surgically untwist the stomach and spleen and remove any permanently damaged tissues. Finally, we tack the stomach to the body wall so that it cannot twist again. A preventative stomach tack can be performed early in life (usually at the same time as a spay /neuter) to prevent this life threatening situation (gastropexy).


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