Flexible Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that aids us in the diagnosis and management of some diseases your pet may develop. Endoscopy permits direct visual examination and biopsy of the gastrointestinal system through high-tech flexible fiber optics that consist of a long, flexible insertion tube with a bending tip at the end that enters the body through existing orifices, an eyepiece, a control section, and a light on the tip. The tip of the endoscope is manipulated using a control knob in the hand piece. With our flexible endoscopy equipment, we can examine, precisely diagnose and treat diseases in the esophagus, oral cavity, stomach and upper intestinal tract and obtain diagnostic samples of the trachea and lower airway, the stomach and intestinal tract. This procedure also allows us to often use the endoscope to remove foreign objects. By using this endoscopic procedure, it allows the veterinarian to visualize the organs and internal systems without performing surgery, resulting in less pain, faster recovery time, and fewer complications.

Endoscopy may be recommended after a thorough physical examination and other diagnostic testing for your pet has been performed. This non-surgical procedure minimizes the time your pet is under anesthesia and often reduces the need for a hospital stay. For examination of the intestinal tract, fasting may be required for 24-48 hours. Most patients will go home the day of the procedure and will not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure. Complications from endoscopy itself are rare and will be discussed with you at the time of the procedure.

Animal Health Center of Rolla

1854 Highway 72 East

Rolla, MO 65401

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Phone: 573-364-7100 Fax: 573-341-8357 Email Us: ahc@fidmail.com

Phone/Business Hours: M-F: 8 AM - 5 PM Lobby Hours:

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed