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 evaluating conditions pertaining to your pet’s airway and gastrointestinal tract. The scope can be passed into your pet's mouth where it can be used to view your pet’s esophagus, stomach and upper intestinal tract. In addition, the scope can be advanced into the trachea and bronchi (airways). Smaller scopes can be used to look into the area just above the soft palate and moved into the nasal passages. Moreover the scope can be inserted into the rectum to view the colon. An endoscope may sometimes be used to guide the removal of a foreign object from the stomach or intestine, acquire a biopsy sample or to perform an exploratory procedure.
Endoscopic procedures are less invasive than routine surgeries and require a lighter anesthetic plane. This in turn allows your pet to be up and walking shortly after the scoping is completed.
Pets that require an endoscopic procedure can be seen at our hospital by a specialist in veterinary internal medicine who travels to us as necessary to perform this procedure.