when a rigid or flexible instrument is used to look within a body cavity. Controlled by the Vet surgeon, the endoscope has a small fibre optic tip with a camera used to explore the areas of interest. They have a channel through which instruments are passed, safely and easily, directly to the area of concern, to take biopsies or grasp foreign bodies.
Where in the body can it be used?
- Look up the nose and explore the naso-oral pharynx
- Down the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum
- Explore the Internal workings of the trachea and bronchii of the lungs
What are the benefits of Endoscopy?
- Less invasive and less stressful on the body than surgery
- No wounds- no wound breakdown or possibility of wound infection
- No stitches to be removed
- Lower cost
We are very careful with the hygiene of our endoscopes and all of our flexible scopes are fully immersible. This means that after washing, they can be fully soaked and rinsed through with a enzymatic cleaner that digests any residual material and a biocide (disinfectant) solution to render the scope ready for the next patient. We have a dedicated airing and storage cupboard for the scopes with programmed air circulation to keep them in optimum condition and permanently ready for service.
Not surprisingly this has been a significant investment in money, training and facilities. However, every pet diagnosed or treated endoscopically and spared a visit to theatre for a big surgery brings us immense satisfaction that we have done the best for our patient.
Your pet will require a general anaesthetic before their endoscopy treatment. This ensures that they remain still and more importantly, unaware of what is happening to them.
After the procedure and once they have recovered from the anaesthetic, your pet will be back to normal and able to enjoy normal exercise.