Veterinary Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Procedures
Lucerne Veterinary Hospital uses advanced technology for the diagnosis and treatment of our canine and feline patients. Veterinary endoscopy offers many benefits to our patients, from diagnosing those with GI problems to obtaining tissue samples and removing masses. Ours is one of only a few animal hospitals in Maine performing minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Dr. Abrecht has completed an intensive training course on endoscopic techniques and is able to perform upper and lower GI studies, FB removals, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, vaginoscopy, and cystoscopy.
Uses for Endoscopy
Endoscopy refers to the insertion of a small camera into the GI tract, nose, airways, joints, vagina, or bladder. This diagnostic technique is performed under general anesthesia, and offers detailed and up-close imaging of internal areas of the body, access that was previously unavailable without exploratory surgery.
In addition to imaging, foreign bodies can be removed from the stomach or small intestine with the endoscope, avoiding surgery. Endoscopy is often used to obtain biopsies or assess abnormal anatomy. In some situations, endoscopy is combined with minimally invasive surgery to treat certain diseases.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Procedures
Laparoscopy and arthroscopy are forms of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Benefits of MIS procedures are numerous:
- Less pain—Smaller incisions damage less tissue and, therefore, hurt less
- Faster recovery time—These smaller incisions heal faster
- Fewer complications—With smaller incisions and less tissue damage, patients are less likely to develop hernias or infections
These benefits are especially important for younger or more active pets, older patients, and those with complex medical issues.
Only a few veterinary hospitals in Maine offer MIS. Dr. Miles has been performing these types of surgeries since 2000.