Endoscopy is a simple and effective way of looking inside your pet. It can be used as both a diagnostic tool and as a valuable device during treatment. The procedure is carried out using an endoscope. This is a long, thin, flexible tube that contains a light and a small camera at one end. The endoscope is passed into your pet’s body through a small incision, the light enhances visibility inside the area and the camera feeds back real-time video to a monitor in the room. This enables your vet to obtain a complete picture of the inside of the area without needing to open your pet up using a larger incision.
If the endoscope is being used in a surgical procedure, other incisions may be made into the area of your pet being worked on. These will be used in several ways. Firstly, we may pump a safe gas into your pet’s body to inflate the area and make it easier for us to see every aspect of the internal space. Secondly, special microtools may be used to perform the necessary surgery. This could be removing something from your pet’s body, repairing something or even placing something needed inside them to ensure that they are healthy as they can be.
Endoscopic services make it possible for our veterinary team to carry out all manner of different internal surgeries in a minimally invasive manner. This provides your pet with a range of important benefits, including:
- Less risk of complications due to smaller incisions being used.
- Enhanced viewing of the area during the investigation and/or procedure.
- Faster healing.
- Less scarring.
- Less post-operative discomfort.
- Overall better patient experience for your animal.
There are a variety of different procedures that can be performed endoscopically. These include the following:
- Laparoscopy: an examination of the abdominal cavity
- Arthroscopy: procedures that involve the examination and treatment of your pet’s joints
- Gastrointestinal endoscopy: assessments of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestines
- Vaginoscopy: examination of the female productive organs
- Thoracoscopy: examination of the chest cavity and lungs
- Otoscopy: examination of the ear canals
- Rhinoscopy: examination of the nasal passages
- Spaying and neutering procedures
- Small tumor removals
Our dedicated and experienced team will be delighted to advise you if your pet’s diagnosis or procedure would benefit from being performed endoscopically.
Anesthesia is almost always recommended for endoscopic procedures. Despite being minimally invasive, they do still require small incisions to be made and your pet will need to be perfectly still to ensure their safety and ours. This will also ensure that the procedure is performed to the very highest standards, improving the outcome for your pet.
If you would like to learn more about endoscopic veterinary services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable and dedicated team today.