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Gastrointestinal surgery

Many types of gastrointestinal conditions may  require surgical treatment. Some of the most life threatening include gastric dilitaiton and volvulus (GDV) and intestinal obstruction. The ISU-LVMC is open 24 hours a day and surgery can be performed at any hour of the night to treat emergency cases.


Other gastrointestinal surgical conditions include:

  • Gastric dilitation/volvulus
    • Minimally invasive gastropexy
  • Gastric and intestinal foreign bodies
  • Intussusception
  • Porto-systemic shunt (PSS)
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Subtotal colectomy for feline megacolon
  • Anal sacculectomy
 Abdomen xray
 X-ray of a dog's abdomen showing tell-tale signs of gastric dilitation and volvulus (GDV). This condition is a surgical emergency.


Image of a completed laparoscopy assisted gastropexy, a procedure to prevent the life threatening condition of gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).


 Dog intestines
 Intraoperative picture of a dog who has eaten a linear object. His intestines are bunched up around the obstructed object.