There may be times when we recommend a procedure called an endoscopy for your pet. Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows us to view inside your pet’s body and visualize the organs and internal systems without performing surgery. Endoscopy involves the use of endoscopes, a tube with a camera on the tip, which can be guided throughout the body via small incisions or naturally-existing orifices. We are able to take biopsies utilizing specialized instruments inserted through a channel in the endoscope.
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
- 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.
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 after the day of the procedure and will not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications from endoscopy itself are rare and we will discuss them with you at the time of the procedure.
All endoscopic procedures are currently performed at our sister location, Integrative Animal Hospital in Orlando.