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Endoscopy for Internal Examination without Surgery

The endoscope can be used for the visual examination of internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery. It can also be used to grab and remove foreign objects from your pet and is less invasive than traditional exploratory surgery. It does require anesthesia, and it allows us to visualize tumors, obtain biopsy samples, and examine pets without having to perform surgery.


Sample Case: Endoscopic Sock Removal

Patient: 3 year old Male, Sheltie

Symptoms: Chronic Vomiting

Patient was anesthetized allowing AVDH staff to exam the stomach with a fiber optic endoscope. The 2 mm working channel with attached camera checks for foreign bodies, parasites, tumors or ulcers, all of which could result in chronic vomiting.

With endoscopy, the animal is given a short anesthetic and awakes with no pain, no incision and no recovery time. When applicable, endoscopy is the preferred method for foreign body removal.

This video shows the endoscope being inserted into the stomach. A dark foreign body is visible. A three prong grasping forcept attached to the working channel allows the sock to be gently removed via the esophagus. After the first sock was removed, a follow up endoscopic exam revealed a second sock in the stomach. The second sock was removed in like fashion.

This procedure eliminated the need to do an extensive abdominal surgery.

In this case, the dog was under anesthesia for less than 15 minutes. The last photo is the dog walking out of AVDH happy and healthy!

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