Endoscopic (‘scope’) procedures can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of conditions affecting our pets. Scoping is less invasive than traditional surgery which allows for decreased post-operative pain and a faster recovery when compared to traditional surgical procedures. The doctors at PVS have been performing laparoscopy and endoscopy for over 30 years.
Laparoscopy involves placing what is known as a rigid scope within the abdomen through small incisions. This is a commonly used procedure to obtain biopsy samples of organs within the abdomen without cutting through the entire body wall to get there. Endoscopy is the term used when a flexible scope is placed through a pre-existing opening of the body such as the mouth to visualize deeper structures such as the stomach, intestines and lungs. Soon we will be offering arthroscopic assisted surgery to aid in the treatment of orthopedic conditions affecting the joints.
Some common orthopedic procedures that benefit from arthroscopy include cranial cruciate ligament disease in the knee (aka torn ACL), osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions of the shoulder and fragmented coronoid processes of the elbow to name a few. Not only do scopes allow for faster healing times, but the enhanced visualization of internal structures aids in formulating our diagnosis. Utilizing scopes is one of the many ways that the staff at PVS strives to stay up-to-date with the latest information and technology to enhance our treatments in an effort to constantly improve our outcomes.