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Endoscopy

Endoscopy has proven to be a powerful diagnostic and therapeutic tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, we consider it a goal to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing; so we are proud to offer endoscopy as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our patients.

Endoscopy is a procedure that is performed in order to view the inside of the body without performing surgery. Endoscopy is indicated for many problems encountered in veterinary medicine. It allows for internal visualization of an area of the body, and can be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Once an area is visualized, samples may be taken for biopsy or foreign objects may be removed. For example, examination of the esophagus may be recommended when a patient has persistent regurgitation in order to evaluate for possible stricture (narrowing of the esophagus), cancer, inflammation (esophagitis) or even to remove foreign objects lodged in the esophagus such as bones, hairballs, rawhides, etc.

Biopsies may be taken using specialized instruments inserted through a channel in the endoscope. This allows some diagnoses to be made with lower cost, risk and patient discomfort as compared to surgery. Endoscopy of the stomach and small intestine is indicated when a patient has vomiting, diarrhea and/or lack of appetite caused by a primary gastrointestinal problem. Common problems encountered include foreign objects in the stomach, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), inflammatory bowel disease, and less often, cancer.

Rhinoscopy is recommended when the patient experiences nasal discharge, nasal bleeding, and/or sneezing, snorting and the veterinarian is concerned about inflammatory or allergic diseases, polyps, foreign objects or cancer.

Endoscopy is recommended after other diagnostic tests have been performed. Your veterinarian may recommend this procedure after thorough clinical examination has been performed (including history and physical examination, and radiographic and laboratory evaluation). In veterinary medicine, endoscopy requires general anesthesia, and the length of the procedure will vary depending upon the problem. Most patients will go home the day of the procedure and will not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications of endoscopy itself are rare and are discussed during consultation with the specialist.

We strive to offer our patients the highest level of medicine, and we are glad to be able to offer endoscopy as one of our diagnostic procedures.