Endoscopy allows us to investigate certain areas of your pet’s body that would either be inaccessible or only accessible by surgery. This access is enabled by the use of either rigid or flexible “telescopes” that can be inserted into such areas as the nasal passages, upper airways and gastrointestinal tract. We are able to view these areas on a video screen to assist in identifying foreign bodies, tumours, strictures etc. Gastrointestinal foreign bodies can sometimes be removed and biopsy samples can also be taken during endoscopic examinations.
Most endoscopic procedures are conducted under general anaesthesia and there will always be a very small amount of risk associated with general anaesthesia. You should always notify us if your pet has had any previous problems with anaesthesia. We may occasionally request permission to conduct tests to help assess any potential risk factors that may be present in your pet. There is also a small risk of damage to the areas being examined by the endoscopic equipment itself.
Benefits of minimally invasive techniques like endoscopy
The major benefit of endoscopy is that it offers an opportunity to conduct internal investigations of the body in a far less invasive fashion than the surgical alternatives. Endoscopy tends to be far less risky and lower in cost.
The downside to endoscopy
As the endoscope can only view the internal lining of the organ being investigated we are often only able to assess for disease processes that involve these tissues. Additionally, limitations in the reach and dimensions of the endoscope may limit access to certain areas. This means that sometimes we will not be able to make a diagnosis on the basis of endoscopy alone and further diagnostic procedures may be required.
Who does the procedure?
Tony Hayes perform our endoscopy.
The day of the procedure
All endoscopy patients are required to be fasted for 24 hours prior to surgery.
Check with your vet if this is advisable for your pets medical complaints.
Water should never be withheld even on the morning of the surgery.
If you have an appointment, drop off will be after that appointment time.
Otherwise drop off for surgery is between 7am and 10am in the morning.
To speed your admission process, please have the following information ready;
- Contact people for during or after the surgery.
- A contact phone number or multiple numbers for the day.
- Medication names that your pet may be currently taking.
- The earliest time that collection is possible.
Contact after surgery
Either the surgeon or the theatre nurses will contact you after surgery is complete and recovery is underway.
How much will it cost?
If you are being referred to Boronia, your own vet will provide you with an estimate prior to you visiting which will be confirmed at your consultation when you arrive at the clinic. Alternatively, if you are a Boronia client, we will advise you during the consultation when we book the procedure.
Going home and recovery
Most pets that require endoscopy as a diagnostic procedure only (not requiring surgical treatment or supportive therapy) can usually go home late on the day of admission after recovery from their anaesthetic.