Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the veterinarian to see inside a pet’s body and, when necessary, take biopsies (tissue samples) without having to perform surgery. If detected early enough, an endoscopy procedure can help to retrieve swallowed items, and thereby bypass the need for emergency surgery, which may be necessary if an ingested item has been inside the patient for a longer period of time.
Dr. Adam Deluca and Dr. Leanne Horsman are our resident endoscope doctors. Both Dr. Deluca and Dr. Horsman utilize our state-of-the-art, in-house endoscope to perform this minimally invasive procedure, either as a scheduled procedure as referred by your regular veterinarian, or on an emergency, as-needed basis.
To perform this procedure, the veterinarian inserts the endoscope (a long tube with a camera at one end) into the area to be examined. Incisions are sometimes required; however, the incisions used for endoscopic procedures are considerably smaller than those used in traditional surgery. This means a much less painful and quicker recovery for your pet.
Endoscopy does require that your pet be placed under anesthesia. As with all such procedures, we follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his or her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
If you have any questions about our endoscopy service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.