How to Perform a Palatopexy in a Brachycephalic Dyspneic French Bulldog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

February 2024

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Amy Kaplan, DACVECC at VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center demonstrates how to perform a life-saving palatopexy procedure in a dyspenic, brachycephalic dog. In this procedure, a palatopexy was done on a French Bulldog that had presented to the emergency service in acute respiratory distress from upper airway obstruction by his elongated palate. The palatopexy can be easily performed by emergency veterinarians to temporarily both relieve and prevent respiratory distress and involves tacking the elongated soft palate up and out of the proximal airway opening. This procedure offers emergency clinicians an alternative method of airway stabilization that may allow patients to return home for up to 1-2 weeks (as long as the sutures remain intact) while awaiting their corrective palate resection surgery. For additional demonstration of this procedure, check out this one by Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS HERE:

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