Veterinary Endoscopy – the care your pet deserves.

Endoscopic procedures

Endoscopic Techniques (Minimally Invasive Surgery) have been developed in many areas of veterinary endoscopy to offer you and your pet less invasive alternatives to traditional open surgery. Some of the most common endoscopic procedures are listed below, but specialists are continuing to expand the application of endoscopic techniques to other areas. If your pet requires surgery, ask your veterinarian how endoscopy may be able to offer a less painful option. If your veterinarian does not offer endoscopic alternatives he may be able to refer you to a specialist who does. We are also available to provide you with a list of veterinarians performing endoscopic surgery in your area. If your veterinarian is interested in learning more about the applications of veterinary endoscopy he can contact us for more information and a list of training opportunities.

Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy

is endoscopy of the joint. It is used in cases of chronic lameness, joint pain, joint instability, swelling and abnormal radiographic findings.

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy

is endoscopy of the airways and lungs, to identify structural abnormalities, collect samples of abnormal airway secretions, identify and remove foreign bodies and biopsy lesions or masses.
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Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy

is endoscopy of the urinary bladder, used in patients presenting with chronic infections, blood in the urine, straining to urinate, incontinence, trauma, stones and abnormal radiographs.
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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

is the endoscopic exploration of the stomach and intestines. A partial list of indications includes chronic regurgitation, salivation, nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool, anorexia, diarrhea, weight loss, fecal mucus and straining to defecate. It is most commonly used for obtaining biopsies and the removal of foreign bodies.
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Gastropexy

Gastropexy

is a preventative surgery that can be performed laparoscopically on at-risk dogs to prevent the twisting of the stomach, which is fatal if not treated quickly. The stomach is sutured to the abdominal wall in order to prevent the stomach from twisting. Endoscopy eliminates the need to perform open surgery, which requires an incision of 6" to 12". Gastropexy is often done at the time of laparoscopic spay.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy

is endoscopy of the abdominal cavity, used as a diagnostic tool for taking biopsies of the liver, kidney and pancreas. More complex laparoscopic surgeries being performed include adrenalectomy, gastropexy, hernia repair and spays.

Laparoscopic Spay

Laparoscopic Spay

is a technique for neutering female cats and dogs. Performed through one to three small incisions in the abdomen rather than a large incision, it offers a less painful, safer and faster healing alternative to traditional spays.

Otoscopy

Otoscopy

is endoscopy of the external and middle ear. It is one of the most common applications of endoscopy in veterinary medicine. Otoscopy allows for safe and thorough ear cleaning under constant visualization, removal of foreign objects, polyp removal and diagnostic sampling.

Rhinoscopy

Rhinoscopy

is endoscopy of the nasal cavity, commonly indicated in dogs and cats with chronic nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, chronic sneezing, nasal bleeding, facial distortion, nasal pain, acute severe sneezing, reverse sneezing and abnormal radiographs.
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Vaginoscopy

Vaginoscopy

is the endoscopic examination of the vagina. Indications for vaginoscopy include vaginal discharge, bleeding or masses, trauma, incontinence, foreign body removal and straining to urinate. Reproductive indications include transcervical artificial insemination, difficulty in labor and monitoring of the estrous cycle.