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Although humans and animals are different in many ways, some advances in human medicine are also very useful in veterinary patients. One of these advances, endoscopy, has proven to be a powerful diagnostic and therapeutic tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, we consider it a goal to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing; so we are pleased to offer endoscopy as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our equine patients.
A fiberoptic endoscope is a long, narrow tube with a tiny camera at the tip. An endoscope can be rigid or very flexible, depending on what procedure will be performed. It can also be sterilized so that it can safely be inserted into the body. Sedation or anesthesia may be required for some procedures, but endoscopic equipment can have many uses in horses. For example, an endoscope can be used to examine the upper airway, guttural pouches, esophagus, and stomach.
Endoscopy provides us with a full-color, magnified view of the area of interest. Additionally, endoscopic procedures are usually non-invasive or minimally invasive. We strive to offer our equine patients the highest level of medicine, and we are glad to be able to offer endoscopy as one of our diagnostic procedures.