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Endoscopy can be just as useful in veterinary medicine as in human health care. Most commonly, endoscopy is used as a diagnostic tool, rather than to treat, but can also be used for what is termed "interventional endoscopy." Common reasons animals might benefit from endoscopy are much the same as the reasons humans benefit. Endoscopy will allow for a visual exploration of an area, as well as provide a means of obtaining a sample, or biopsy, without the risks of actual surgery. The broad range of types of endoscopy that can be performed on animals include respiratory tract endoscopy, upper and lower GI tract endoscopy, urinary and genital tract endoscopy, and abdominal endoscopy.

Interventional Endoscopy typically combines the use of endoscopic equipment with fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound, to perform other procedures, such as retrieval of foreign bodies, stone or polyp removal, balloon dilation of nasopharyngeal stenosis and esophageal strictures, tracheal or urethral stenting, and even feeding tube placement for example. In the case of an animal ingesting a sharp or otherwise dangerous object, an endoscope can be inserted through a protective overtube in order to retrieve the object without fear of causing further dame during the extraction.

A pet undergoing an endoscopic procedure will be placed under general anesthesia, and will not experience any discomfort. This may or may not require tests be performed to determine if it is safe for your pet to be sedated. The animal will likely need to fast for 12 hours prior to the procedure to insure the stomach and intestinal tract are empty of all food if undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy. For a colonoscopy, oral medication should be administered prior to the procedure to remove fecal matter from the intestinal tract. For an exploration of certain areas such as the nasal cavity, it may be necessary to determine if bleeding is a concern. In almost all cases, the endoscopic procedures are performed as outpatient procedures, and your pet will be able to return home the same day.

New innovations are being discovered every day, and more and more veterinary practices are adopting the use of endoscopy for pets, so if you find yourself in a situation where surgery might be avoided, ask your vet whether endoscopy is an option, and even if they don't offer it as a service, they may be able to refer you to someone who will - it's worth it to ensure your pet gets the best quality care with a lower risk of complications, less side effects, and faster healing times.

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ERCP stands for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography.

This is a procedure that uses a combination of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and xray imaging to aid in the diagnosis of diseases of the pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and biliary system (a network of small ducts that transfer bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine), but is mainly used to treat these diseases, as modern technology has provided several safer, less invasive tests such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography (MRCP) scans and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) for diagnosis.

 

Reasons for ERCP:

  • Gallstones - a condition where a small "stone", more formally known as a calculus, is created from bile acid and cholesterol derivatives
  • Acute or chronic pancreatitis - an inflammation or swelling of the pancreas that causes symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting
  • Intrahepatic or extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma - cancer of the bile ducts
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma - the most common type of primary liver cancer
  • Pancreatic adenocarcinoma - the most common type of pancreatic cancer
  • Other types of tumors, cancers, or blockages of the digestive system - numerous other conditions can require teatment with ERCP

 

Common Treatments with ERCP:

  • Sphincterotomy - a procedure used to open the ducts into the bowel to aid drainage or remove stones in the ducts
  • Stenting - a small tube made of plastic or metal inserted into a blocked or narrowed duct to hold it open
  • Removal of gallstones - ERCP can remove gallstones from the bile ducts but not from the gallbladder
  • Take tissue samples - ERCP can be used to take tissue samples to diagnose tumors found within the pancreas, gallbladder, or bile ducts

 

Risks and Complications:

ERCP is a low-risk procedure, but as with any procedure there is always a risk of complications. The most common complication of ERCP is pancreatitis, and is more likely to occur in patients with a healthy pancreas. Pancreatitis is characterized by swelling and imflammation of the pancreas. Usually, this will last for a few days, during which time you will need to remain in the hospital for pain medication and IV fluids, but can (rarely) become more serious. Other complications can include allergic reaction to the anesthesia or dye used during the procedure, bleeding, perforation of the bowel, and infection. Additionally, it is important to communicate with your doctor about any other medications, prescribed or otherwise, that you may be taking, in order to avoid adverse reactions between medications, especially blood thinning medications, such as aspirin or warfarin.

Seek emergency care if you have any of the following symptoms after the procedure:

  • Severe pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting or vomiting blood
  • Bleeding or bloody (black) stool
  • Bloating
  • Fever higher than 100°F (37.8°C)
  • Difficulty breathing, or swallowing

 

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Are you caring for your endoscope equipment properly? If not, you might have to face certain consequences. At M.D. Endoscopy, we know just how important it is to clean and care for your equipment properly. Learn about a few of the consequences below that you can avoid by ensuring you’re following the proper cleaning methods for the types and brands of endoscopes you use in your procedures.

2 Major Consequences of Improper Cleaning

Before using an endoscope on a patient, you should be sure that it has been cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized. If you skip any steps, it could result in the following:

  • Cross-Contamination: Failing to properly clean an endoscope can result in major complications for your patients. Using an endoscope on a patient that hasn’t been thoroughly disinfected and sanitized could increase the risk of passing on a deadly or disabling infection to your patients. In fact, the ECRI Institute rated improper cleaning of complex, reusable medical instruments as 2017’s second-biggest health technology hazard, noting that endoscopes fall into this category.
  • Device Failures: Not only can inadequate cleaning methods spread diseases and illnesses, but the function of the endoscopic instruments themselves can suffer as well. Instrument channels getting blocked is the most common device failure resulting from improper cleaning. When you have an malfunctioning equipment, you’ll end up wasting your time and money getting it repaired.

To avoid the above, you need to ensure that you and your team are cleaning instruments properly.

The Key to Proper Cleaning

If you want to prevent infections and keep your instruments in optimal condition, you need to have a foolproof cleaning process set in place. The following are essential for infection control and prevention:

  • Having a dedicated space for cleaning the instruments
  • Cleaning endoscopes manually
  • Keeping records of the cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of equipment
  • Disinfecting equipment daily even if it was cleaned and disinfected the day before
  • Using different cleaners designated for different endoscope types and brands
  • When possible, avoiding or limiting exposure to cleaners and disinfectants that could result in adverse reactions for your patients

The most important thing is making sure that you have a system in place that will keep you compliant with all regulations and minimize the risks of spreading disease as much as possible. Because the cleaning processes and cleaning solutions will differ by brand and type, you should be sure to sure to familiarize yourself and your teams with the proper procedures for each instrument.

Have specific questions about the cleaning process? Contact us today! We’re happy to help you make sure you’re following the right cleaning procedures.

Looking for a reputable company to repair your endoscopy equipment? Look no further! We’ve listed a few reasons why you can trust M.D. Endoscopy to handle your repair needs.

We Repair Every Model Type

From major brands like Olympus and Pentax to brands like Fujinon, we can repair any model. We regularly fix the following:

Do you need something else repaired that’s not listed above? Contact us to see if we can handle your request.

We Are Experienced

At M.D. Endoscopy, we know scopes. Our OEM repair technicians have over 35 years of combined experience repairing surgical equipment and endoscopic products. Because of our vast experience, we’re able to better understand the needs of our customers.

We Provide Quality Work at Reasonable Prices

An alternative to high-priced repairs from the manufacturers, we offer fair and realistic prices. In fact, you can save 50-60% when we handle the repairs for you. In addition to our reasonable prices, we offer free repair estimates and a 50% discount on your first minor or major repair (excludes complete refurbishments).

Better yet, we offer all of this without sacrificing quality. To ensure high-quality repairs, we have skilled OEM technicians that complete a comprehensive 42-point diagnostic check before getting started.

We Have Fast Turnaround Times

We know the urgency of getting your medical equipment repaired quickly. For that reason, we offer the following turnaround times:

  • Minor repairs: Returned to you within 1-2 days
  • Major repairs: Returned to you within 3-4 days
  • Complete overhauls: Returned to you within 5-7 days

We work hard to repair your equipment so that you can get back to work quickly. We even offer loaner equipment upon request so you’re not left in a lurch. If your equipment needs a complete overhaul, we even give you the loaner equipment free of charge!

We Back Our Repairs with Warranties

We’re so confident in our repairs that we offer the following warranties:

  • 12-month warranty: Offered on all minor and major repairs
  • 24-month warranty: Offered when a complete overhaul has been performed

What makes our warranties special? Not only are they comprehensive, no-hassle warranties but they are the longest warranties in the industry!

Are you anxious to have us get started on your endoscope repairs? Contact us today to start taking advantage of our trouble-free repair services.

While many people love thrift shopping and don’t mind owning second-hand items, there are just some things that should be purchased new. Amongst those is underwear, toothbrushes, and flash drives. But what about medical equipment?

Used medical equipment can have pros and cons. On the one hand, the price is usually lower and allows hospitals and offices to purchase what they need at an affordable rate. On the other hand, however, you don’t always know at the time of the purchase if it will function well, has been damaged, or has been improperly used or cared for.

 Find a reliable sales company when purchasing used equipment. This will ensure that you not only get the price that you want, but that the equipment will function properly as well.

M.D. Endoscopy knows the importance of getting quality equipment at an affordable price and so we have been providing refurbished, warrantied endoscopes and other equipment for nearly 27 years. We buy, sell, and repair endoscopy equipment to help you get what you need at a price that you love.

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M.D. Endoscopy

As the industry leader of pre-owned, refurbished and used endoscopy equipment, M.D. Endoscopy, Inc. offers one of the largest inventories of endoscopes in the world. We offer products from all major manufacturers including but not limited to Olympus, Pentax and Fujinon with the only and most comprehensive 24-month warranty in the industry.

Contact Us

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  1-800-866-ENDO (3636)
  1-386-492-7993
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Corporate Headquarters:
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Daytona Beach, FL. 32117