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Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a technique for performing procedures through natural openings in the body. An endoscope inserted in the body magnifies internal structures on a TV monitor for thorough examination. Through the same opening surgical instruments may be used. Endoscopic techniques have been developed in many areas of veterinary medicine to offer you and your pet less invasive and less painful alternatives to traditional open surgery with minimal recovery time.

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.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the exploration of the stomach and intestines. A partial list of indications includes regurgitation, dysphagia, salivation, nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool, anorexia, diarrhea, weight loss and straining to defecate. It is most commonly used for obtaining biopsies and the removal of foreign bodies. Studies have shown that 86% of stomach foreign bodies can be removed endoscopically thus avoiding invasive open surgery.

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, poly removal and diagnostic sampling.

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

Bronchoscopy is endoscopy of the airways and lungs, facilitating thorough visual examination of the respiratory tract to identify structural abnormalities, collect samples of abnormal airway secretions, identify and remove foreign bodies and biopsy lesions or masses.

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