Endoscopy is a medical procedure that enables us to look at the organ tracts using a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera at the tip. Within the tube is a channel that allows the passage of a variety of diagnostic instruments for examination and biopsy. It allows definitive evaluation of:
- gastrointestinal tract, such as the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon;
- respiratory tract, such as nasal cavity, trachea and branch;
external ear canal
- urinary tract
Small samples of these areas can be taken and then analyzed by a histopathologist.
One of the very important functions of endoscope is in the area of laparoscopic surgery, or minimal invasive surgery. Unlike traditional surgery method that opens up the body cavity, we can now perform surgery for patients by cutting a very small incision of approximately 1cm in length on the skin, penetrate the muscle layer into the body. It is done by passing an advanced endoscope with light, camera, insufflation functions into the body cavity, and using special instruments with small diameter to perform the tasks we need to do. Though it may sound more appealing than normal surgery, not all kind of surgery procedures can be done in laparocopic method. Our veterinarians will give you detail information and advice if your pets should have the need.