Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used by veterinarians to visualize the organs, canals, or orifices of the body. A small tube-like apparatus is inserted into the body with a small light fixture and a camera attached.
Most often, endoscopy is performed to gather information about the digestive tract. In these cases, the tube will be inserted via the throat or the colon, to access the area of the body we would like to examine, as necessary. Endoscopy can provide valuable diagnostic information regarding stomach cancers, ulcers, foreign objects/blockages, and more.
One of the most important benefits of endoscopy is that it is minimally invasive, requires no incision, and much less wear and tear than a surgery. Following the procedure, your pet may feel that the area affected is uncomfortable, but they will not be in any severe pain.
Prior to an endoscopic procedure, it is important that your pet does not have any potential food matter in the area where the tube will be inserted. Generally, this means that your pet should be fasted 12-24 hours before the procedure. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, a local anesthesia will most likely be used on your pet, and we will monitor them for several hours following. But, you pet should be able to go home the same day.
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