Although humans and animals are different in many ways, some advances in human medicine are also very useful in veterinary patients. One of these advances, endoscopy, has proven to be a powerful diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
What Is It?
Endoscopy provides us with a full-color, magnified view of the area of interest using a long, narrow tube with a tiny camera at the tip. Endoscopic procedures are usually non-invasive or minimally invasive and the endoscope is sterilized so that it can safely be inserted into the body.
Important Views for Better Health
With a patient under anesthesia, an endoscope can be inserted into the mouth to examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine to diagnose gastrointestinal problems. It can also be inserted through the nose to inspect the trachea (windpipe and main airways) to diagnose respiratory conditions or in the anus to examine the colon and lower intestine.
Surgically, an endoscope can provide important images of he surface of organs, such as the liver or kidneys, or to look inside a joint, such as the knee. Believe it or not, we can even use an endoscope to remove small objects that dogs and cats sometimes swallow or to perform biopsies of internal organs!
Is Endoscopy Right for Your Pet?
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. Contact us today to discuss whether an endoscopic procedure may help your pet!