Endoscopy is a procedure that utilizes a tubular instrument, called an endoscope, that has a camera and light at the end. This instrument projects an image on a separate monitor that allows for an in-depth visual evaluation of the inside of the patient's body. During the procedure, samples can be collected to obtain valuable information to aid in a diagnosis and to help guide treatment recommendations. Endoscopy is a less invasive option compared to surgery in most cases but does require general anesthesia to minimize patient discomfort. Endoscopy can be used to evaluate multiple areas such as upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, the nasal cavity, the respiratory tract, and the urinary tract.
Endoscopy appointments are booked in two stages. Your pet will first come in for an exam and initial consultation visit. At that time, one of our doctors will review treatment options with you and perform any diagnostics needed prior to scoping. The scoping procedure will be scheduled for a separate day after the initial consultation visit. We will provide you with pre-procedure instructions for the day of the scheduled scoping. Your pet will typically be discharged the same day the procedure is performed.
Woodlands currently offers a variety of endoscopy options such as upper gastrointestinal scoping, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, and cystoscopy.