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Endoscopy

Fantastic journey —  endoscopy and arthroscopy 

Patients at our Animal Hospital have access to cutting edge diagnostic facilities, including endoscopy and arthroscopy.

Basically, endoscopy allows us to look inside your pet’s body without the need for invasive surgery. The device we use — an endoscope — has either a rigid or flexible tube, which may be as long as 2 metres to travel the full length of your pet’s intestines, a light to illuminate the area we are examining, a lens and an eyepiece.

Depending on the procedure, additional instruments such as grasping forceps, snares and biopsy forceps can be fitted. We can also fit tiny video cameras that allow us to watch our journey through the innards of your pet on a monitor.

We use endoscopy in conjunction with pathology analysis, radiography and ultrasound to help us make a definitive diagnosis and to formulate a treatment/therapeutic plan for the patient. Using endoscopy we can closely examine the esophagus, stomach, the small and large intestine, upper and lower respiratory tract and other internal organs, allowing us to perform cancer biopsies, diagnose inflammatory bowel disease, stomach ulcers and colon polyps and much more.

Apart from its immense value in diagnostics, we also use endoscopic techniques for treatments which once required more invasive surgery.

Using specialised endoscopes we can perform a number of minimally invasive treatments as well as take biopsies, and treat fluid build-up in the lungs.

An endoscope can also be used to insert long-term feeding tubes into the stomach of animals who are too ill to eat.

Endoscopic procedures are minimally invasive compared to other surgical techniques. Some procedures, including evaluating the digestive and respiratory systems, are nonsurgical and require no incisions. Used by a skilled veterinarian, complications from endoscopy are very rare, pain and recovery time is considerably reduced and there is usually no post-surgical discomfort, reducing the need for medication.

In almost all cases the cost of an endoscopic procedure will be less than that for surgery to achieve the same result.

When your pet visits the hospital for an endoscopic procedure they will require a general anaesthetic.

What is endoscopy used for?

Flexible endoscopy can be used for:

  • Endoscopy: an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine.
  • Bronchoscopy: an exam of the lower airways.
  • Colonoscopy: examining the transverse colon, ascending colon, cecum, large bowel, and rectum.

Rigid endoscopy is used for:

  • Arthroscopy: examining soft tissue structures and joint cartilage
  • Cystoscopy: examining the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, bladder, and ureteral openings.
  • Laparoscopy: an exam of the abdominal cavity to obtain liver and kidney biopsy samples.
  • Proctoscopy: an exam of the large bowel and rectum.
  • Rhinoscopy: an exam of the nasal cavity.

In all of these cases the big benefit to your furry friends is that they are non-invasive and allow your pet to be back on its feet and running around in the shortest possible time.

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7047 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC 3740
PO Box 393, Bright, VIC 3741
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