Endoscopy is, simply put, attaching a camera to the end of a tube and inserting it into many parts of the body. This technique allows documentation, sampling, and treatments to be done much less invasively than traditional measures. Most of the time, we are using this type of minimally invasive surgery to gain access to places in the body that are either difficult to access in general or would require a more invasive open surgery.
We have several types and sizes of flexible endoscopes that we use to be able to diagnose and treat problems in the stomach, intestines, colon, and lungs. We can remove foreign material, obtain biopsies to diagnose benign and malignant conditions, and visualize/document problems and the extent of those problems. All in an outpatient and non-invasive manor.
At Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, we have an assortment of non flexible or rigid endoscopes. These are used in a similar way as the flexible scopes, just in different locations of the body. We use them to explore, diagnose, and treat areas such as the nose, ear canals, reproductive, and urinary tracts
Finally we have a special scope called a laparoscope that we use to perform many procedures inside the abdomen. Through an incision the size of a pinky finger, we can perform abdominal surgeries such as biopsy, spaying in dogs, and stomach tacking to prevent bloat.
These are all available to allow us to lessen not only pain but also time in the hospital for your pet.