Endoscopy in Veterinary Medicine


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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.

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.

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