Endoscopes are used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Fiber-optic or video endoscopes can be used to non-invasively visualize internal areas of the body that would otherwise be difficult to assess. Evaluation with endoscopes is a less invasive procedure that allows for a quicker recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.
At Hickory Veterinary Hospital, we have both flexible and rigid endoscopes, which are used for many different purposes. Our flexible endoscopes can be used to examine the lining of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts of dogs and cats, obtain a view of the nasopharynx above the soft palate for patients with suspected nasal disease, or be used to remove foreign objects from the stomach. Our rigid endoscopes can be used to evaluate the anterior portion of the nasal cavity, the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, ureteral openings and urinary bladder of dogs and cats.
Our doctors are trained in multiple endoscopic procedures including:
Rhinoscopy: An exam of the nasal cavity and nasopharynx (area between the nasal cavity and soft palate). This procedure is commonly used to evaluate the nasal passages and aid in the diagnosis of nasal tumors, chronic rhinitis, or fungal rhinitis. It can also be used to evaluate for nasopharyngeal stenosis or to remove inhaled foreign objects from the nasal passages.
Gastroscopy/Esophagoscopy: An exam of the esophagus, stomach and upper intestinal tract. These procedures are commonly used to evaluate the esophageal lining, remove ingested foreign objects, or obtain stomach and duodenal biopsies in patients with chronic vomiting/diarrhea, weight loss, or stomach tumors.
Colonoscopy: An exam of the rectum, colon, cecum and ileum. This procedure is commonly used to evaluate the lining of the colon and obtain colonic, ileal or ceccal biopsies in patients with chronic diarrhea or tumors.
Cystoscopy: An exam of the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, urinary bladder and ureteral openings. This procedure is used to aid in the diagnosis of urinary tract disorders such as ectopic ureters, urachal diverticulum, or cystitis. It can also be used to diagnose polypoid cystitis or obtain biopsy samples if a tumor in the urethra or urinary bladder is suspected.