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Endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny video camera at the end of a very narrow scope in order to see inside of the body. Sometimes our practice uses endoscopy for surgical procedures but most often we use it for diagnostic purposes. Minimally invasive, the procedure requires relatively little recovery.

All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care is committed to providing advanced diagnostic and treatment options for the pets of the greater Katy area.

Flexible Endoscopy

A flexible endoscope is a 100 cm long x 1 cm wide tube-like scope that can be fitted with a light, tools, and a camera and passed into the animal’s system, allowing us to look inside the stomach, intestines, and colon; it also can be used to examine the larynx, trachea, and bronchi. In addition, special forceps allow for obtaining biopsy and culture samples and also removal of foreign objects, such as fishhooks and coins in the stomach or clothes buttons in the trachea.

Rigid Endoscopy (MedRX Videoscopy)

Our MedRX rigid videoscope allows our veterinarians to look into the deep inner ear for examination and treatment. It is particularly helpful with treatment of damaged eardrums and middle ear infections. There are other types of rigid endoscopes that allow access to the nasal passages, abdominal cavity, and chest cavity. 

Common Endoscopy Areas

Gastrointestinal endoscopy- Our practice uses a very long and flexible scope. We direct the scope to travel down the intestines which enables biopsy, the removal of foreign bodies or to diagnose GI issues such a polyps or colitis.

Bronchoscopy- Allows our practice to view the throat and lungs and identify issues such as polyps, foreign bodies or lung cancer.

Rhinoscopy- We use a flexible scope to view the sinuses, remove foreign bodies, inflammation or fungal infections. Anterior rhinoscopy advances a flexible scope through the nose, posterior advances the scope through the mouth to examine the back of the nasal cavity.

Cystoscopy- Our practice can view the urinary tract, including the urethra and bladder. We can identify and sometimes remove kidney and bladder stones.

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