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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Endoscopies for Non-Invasive Pet Surgery

You probably cringe when the word “surgery” is mentioned, but here’s the good news: pet surgery doesn’t always need to be invasive. The most forward-looking veterinarian in Winnipeg has the equipment and skill necessary to perform endoscopies which are medically sound, non-invasive procedures.


What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a form of exploratory pet surgery with a tool called an endoscope that’s inserted either through a small incision or through an orifice. It has an eye piece, a control tip, a light for illumination, and a video camera to project and display computer images of the pet’s internal organs.

How is Endoscopy Used?

Endoscopy is used to examine a number of internal organs and systems in your pet including the respiratory system; upper and lower GI tracts, urinary and reproductive tracts, and the abdominal area. By examining these parts of your pet’s body, your veterinarian in Winnipeg can determine whether more extensive surgery may be needed.

Endoscopy is also used for some procedures that can be done without major surgery. Here are some ways we use endoscopy to treat your pet.

Treating Abnormally Narrow Areas: Either because of a congenital defect or external damage, some areas in the pet’s body can be abnormally narrow, such as the esophagus or colon. To treat these narrowed areas, or strictures, a balloon is attached to the end of the endoscope which then dilates the area to restore normal function.

Foreign Body Removal: Foreign body removal is another important use of the endoscope. Pets often ingest objects that will not pass through the digestive system and remain lodged in the esophagus or stomach. Previously, major surgery was required to remove these foreign bodies, but endoscopy gives us the ability to do so with less trauma to your pet and at significantly less cost to you.

Bladder Polyp and Stone Removal: Urinary tract problems are often caused by polyps or stones, which can cause infection, inflammation, or bleeding. The endoscope is used to first examine for the presence of either and then to remove it without invasive surgery.

Types of Endoscopes

We use two types of endoscopes: flexible and rigid. Flexible endoscopy is necessary to examine areas such as the colon or lower airway tract where it’s necessary to bend and flex. We use a rigid endoscope to examine soft tissue areas, abdomen, chest cavity, and more. The light on both types is produced by fiber optic bundles at its tip which we can also manipulate using hand controls.

Is Anesthesia Required for an Endoscopy?

Your pet will need anesthesia if he or she needs an endoscopy. However, we use the safest anesthesia available today and we monitor your pet’s vitals through the entire procedure. The good news is that since this is not an invasive procedure, your pet will recover much faster.

If you think your pet has a health issue where endoscopy may be a solution, please call to discuss itwith our Winnipeg veterinarians at Fort Garry Animal Hospital.

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