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.
Endoscopy may be recommended after a thorough physical examination and other diagnostic testing for your pet has been performed. 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.
Endoscopic procedures include:
- GI endoscopy: Examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract
- Bronchoscopy: Examination of the lungs
- Colonoscopy: Examination of the colon
- Rhinoscopy: Examination of the nose and nasal passages
- Arthroscopy: Examination of the joints
- Cystoscopy: Examination of the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, bladder, and ureteral openings
- Laparoscopy: Exam of the abdominal cavity performed through a small incision in the wall of the abdomen or through the navel. It is done in veterinary medicine to obtain hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) biopsy samples, and to perform gastropexies and spays.