What is endoscopy?
Endoscopy is the use of specialized video cameras to evaluate areas within the body in a minimally invasive manner. In most instances, endoscopy is performed for diagnostic purposes allowing visualization and sampling of abnormalities. However, endoscopy can also be used for therapeutic purposes as well, termed interventional endoscopy.
What types of endoscopic procedures can be done?
At the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have highly trained faculty and equipment to perform the following procedures. Click on a procedure to learn more.
- Respiratory tract endoscopy (rhinoscopy, tracheoscopy, bronchoscopy)
- Upper GI tract endoscopy (esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, duodenoscopy)
- Lower GI tract endoscopy (colonoscopy, ileoscopy)
- Urinary and genital tract endoscopy (cystoscopy, urethroscopy, vaginoscopy)
- Abdominal endoscopy (laparoscopy)
What is interventional endoscopy?
Interventional Endoscopy (IE) involves the use of endoscopic equipment, sometimes combined with other imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound, to perform therapeutic procedures in virtually any part of the body accessed endoscopically. These procedures may take the place of more invasive surgical techniques or offer novel therapies. Currently we offer the following procedures:
- Balloon dilation of strictures
- Foreign body retrieval
- Bladder polyp removal or stone retrieval (size dependent)
- Feeding tube placement
How can I have an endoscopic procedure performed on my pet?
If your veterinarian recommends or you think your pet may benefit from an endoscopic procedure, you may call (352)392-2235 to schedule an appointment for evaluation with our Small Animal Internal Medicine service. During this evaluation, one of our clinicians will review your pet’s history, perform a physical examination, and determine if an endoscopic procedure is indicated. Further diagnostic tests or therapies may be recommended prior to pursuing endoscopy. Endoscopic procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia the day following evaluation with most patients going home the same day as the procedure.