An endoscope uses a long tube equipped with a lighted video camera on the end. Images from the camera are transmitted to a monitor, and the endoscope acts as the veterinarian's "eye." This allows for an up-close view of your pet's internal organs - a view that might otherwise require invasive surgery.
Endoscopic procedures are particularly useful in diagnosing and treating conditions in your pet's mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon and the upper intestinal tract. Many times, an endoscope is used to guide the removal of a foreign object from the stomach or intestine, procure a biopsy sample or perform an exploratory procedure.
Endoscopic procedures are far less invasive than routine surgeries; this means your pet experiences less pain and discomfort. Anesthesia is required for endoscopic procedures; however, the amount of anesthesia required is far less than what is needed for regular surgeries. After an endoscopic procedure, your pet may be able to go home the same day.
Pets who require an endoscopic prodedure can be seen at our hospital by a specialist in veterinary internal medicine who travels to us as necessary to perform this procedure.