There may be times when your veterinarian recommends a procedure called endoscopy for your pet. Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that aids us in the diagnosis and management of some diseases your pet may develop. It allows us to view inside your pet’s body and visualize the organs and internal systems without performing invasive surgery. Endoscopy involves the use of endoscopes, or small cameras, which can be guided throughout the body via small incisions or naturally-existing orifices. The endoscope is a tube with a camera and light on the tip. The endoscope itself will be either rigid or flexible, depending upon the procedure. We are able to take biopsies utilizing specialized instruments inserted through a channel in the endoscope.
Endoscopy may be recommended after a thorough physical examination and other diagnostic testing for your pet has been performed. This non-surgical procedure minimizes the time your pet is under anesthesia and usually reduces the need for a hospital stay. For examination of the intestinal tract, fasting may be required for 24-48 hours. Most patients will go home the day of the procedure and will not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications from endoscopy itself are rare and will be discussed with you at the time of the procedure.
Flexible endoscopes consist of a long, flexible insertion tube with a bending tip at the end that enters the body, an eyepiece, and a control section. The tip of the endoscope is manipulated using a control knob in the hand piece. With our flexible endoscopy equipment we can examine and obtain diagnostic samples of the trachea and lower airway, the stomach and intestinal tract.
Our rigid endoscope enables us to perform thorough examinations of the urinary tract, nasal passages and airway systems. The rigid endoscope cannot be used in some areas, such as the stomach, because it does not have the bending tip so it cannot be flexed to allow examination of all parts of the stomach.
We are equipped to perform endoscopy on a wide range of pets. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think your pet might benefit from this procedure.