Endoscopy allows our veterinarians to visually examine your pet’s internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery. It is a minimally-invasive technique for performing procedures through natural openings in the body or through one or more tiny holes rather than through large incisions and is performed with either a rigid or flexible fiber optic instrument. High-tech fiber optics permits direct visualization and biopsies (tissue samples) of your pet’s gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon, and even upper intestinal tract disease. In some cases, foreign objects may be removed without the need for surgery.
At SVH we have the options of using three different rigid fiber-optic scopes, a 2.7 mm for visualizing the nasal turbinates and other small areas, a 3.5 mm for transcervical inseminations, and a video otoscope which allows the visualization of the ear canal and tympanic membrane. With all of these scopes, biopsies can be obtained when required.