Veterinary Endoscopy for Diagnostic & Minimally Invasive Procedures
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center offers endoscopic procedures for our current and referral patients. Endoscopy is used for both diagnostic and minimally invasive surgical procedures in veterinary medicine. Our professionals are skilled and experienced in the use of endoscopy.
How Endoscopy Works
Veterinary endoscopy allows us to view your pet’s internal organs by inserting a long, flexible tube into the body. The tip of the tube contains a video chip and a strobe light, and it captures images and sends them to a video monitor.
The endoscope can be inserted through the mouth into the stomach or lungs, into the rectum to examine the colon, or into the nose to explore the sinus cavity. An endoscopic procedure lets your veterinarian see inside the animal’s body without performing invasive surgery.
Endoscopic procedures are often described as “minimally invasive” because there is much less trauma to tissue, usually no surgical incision, and can often be performed with minimal sedation. The veterinarian can insert surgical instruments through the scope to remove foreign bodies, stones, and tissue to biopsy for additional diagnostic information.
Endoscopic Procedures at OPVMC
Endoscopy is certainly less invasive than veterinary surgery. This procedure is useful for the examination, biopsy, and treatment of conditions such as cancer and inflammatory diseases. Endoscopic procedures performed in our hospital include the following:
- Respiratory procedures—These are used in identifying cancers, foreign bodies, and inflammatory diseases of the airways.
- GI procedures—These are used in diagnosing cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as viewing foreign bodies the pet may have swallowed.
- Urinary procedures—These are used in the identification of urinary cancers and bladder stones, as well as any anatomical defects contributing to incontinence and bladder infections.
Contact us for all of your veterinary diagnostic needs.