Endoscopy is a process of using small cameras to examine the internal structure of certain hollow body parts. This non-invasive technique can allow visualisation or areas that would require, in some cases, radical surgery to access otherwise. The cameras can be used to examine and record the appearance of structures, to obtain samples via biopsy or washes or to remove foreign bodies.
Endoscopy takes a lot of time and patients to learn but can be a hugely rewarding and vital diagnostic tool. Ben Trimmer has been running the endoscopy service at DVG for over 10 years, based at our Emsworth surgery. We have 3 flexible cameras which can but manipulated through areas of the body and 3 rigid cameras for use in more external areas. With our full range of equipment we can examine;
- Upper and lower airway, including nose and lungs
- Upper gastrointestinal tract (stomach, duodenum)
- Lower gastrointestinal tract (rectum and colon)
- Bladder (in female dogs and a certain size)
This year we have introduced an arthroscopy service allowing visualisation of a joint without surgery to open it, and now can offer laparoscopic surgery whereby body cavities (such as the abdomen) can be examined and surgery performed through ‘key hole’ incisions.
With the range of exotic species we see, it is not unusual of Ben or Dean (one of our exotics vets) to be using the cameras in one of our more unusual pets