Veterinary endoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. It allows veterinarians to view various internal organs throughout the body with a small camera, without ever making an incision.
Performing procedures endoscopically rather than through traditional surgical methods allows our veterinarians to offer patients less pain, minimal recovery time and fewer complications. In many cases performing a procedure endoscopically allows for it to be done as an outpatient procedure, a less painful and traumatic alternative for both patient and owner.
Upper G.I. Endoscopy
Image of a penny being taken out of the stomach of a dog.
Bush Animal Hospital currently offers upper and lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) endoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, and otoscopy. Upper and lower G.I. endoscopy allows us the ability to visualize much of the anatomy within the gastrointestinal track from the mouth to the colon. This allows us to perform procedures such as foreign body removal, and biopsy’s without ever making an incision. Rhinoscopy allows us to see inside the nose, from the soft palate to the tip of the nostril. It is common for our feline patients to get foreign bodies, such as segments of grass, stuck behind the soft palate. Rhinoscopy gives us the ability to retrieve such items easily, in a minimally invasive manner. Cystoscopy allows us to visualize the urinary bladder by passing a small camera through the urethra. Otoscopy allows us to visualize the ear canal and ear drum with the use of a small camera.
Image of a mass located in the nasopharyngeal region (above the soft palate) in a dog.