We’re pleased to offer the pets in our care the benefits of veterinary endoscopy, which is a valuable, minimally invasive procedure that greatly expands our diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
During an endoscopy procedure, we insert a tube with a built-in video camera into your pet’s body to investigate a problem. The camera’s images are sent to a monitor, where we can view and enlarge the images. Our endoscope enables us to see inside your pet’s ears, nose, stomach, and esophagus, and can eliminate the need for traumatic exploratory surgery. Our endoscope gives us the ability to efficiently diagnose an issue so we can treat it as quickly as possible.
At Overton Veterinary Hospital, we use our endoscope most often for the following procedures:
- Transcervical inseminations (see Reproductive Health)
- Otoscopy: We can examine the inner ear all the way to the tympanic membrane, remove growths, and take samples.
- Rhinoscopy: We can thoroughly examine the nasal passages and remove growths and foreign bodies.
- Upper and lower GI exams: We can remove foreign bodies, perform biopsies, view gastric ulcers and erosions in the descending colon, and remove rectal polyps.
Endoscopy offers numerous benefits over traditional exploratory surgery. Because we’re making just a tiny, keyhole incision to insert the tube, there is much less trauma to your pet’s body, the recovery time is much shorter, your pet feels less discomfort, and the procedure itself is much faster and requires less anesthesia.
Please call us if you have any questions about veterinary endoscopy or to discuss your pet’s condition.