What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a medical procedure whereby a flexible tube is used to examine the inside of the GI tract. Endoscopy allows a non-invasive visual examination of internal organs and body parts without needing exploratory surgery. The endoscope enters the body and is manipulated via control knobs located on a hand piece. A special video camera attached to the instrument allows us to view the exam on a monitor and obtains pictures.
When is Endoscopy Used?
Endoscopy is both a valued diagnostic tool, as well as a highly effective procedure used to retrieve foreign material a pet has ingested.
As a diagnostic tool, endoscopy is less invasive than surgery and allows us to provide earlier diagnosis of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Close examination of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract for lesions is performed with every GI endoscopic exam. We then perform biopsies of the stomach, intestines or any growths found within these organs. These biopsies are sent out to a board-certified pathologist for a diagnosis. Upper GI Endoscopy is an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestines. A colonoscopy consists of an exam of the rectum, and descending, transverse and ascending colon.
Expertise in Endoscopy
Dr. Rietdorf has a special interest in gastrointestinal disease and is proficient in endoscopy. In addition to her previous training, Dr. Rietdorf has recently completed an advanced continuing education endoscopy training seminar taught by Dr. Todd Tams. Dr. Tams is a world-renowned veterinary gastroenterologist. He is a sought-after lecturer and the author of numerous textbooks, including Small Animal Endoscopy.
If your pet’s health and well-being necessitates endoscopy, we have the equipment and expertise to provide this advanced treatment modality. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this treatment option.