Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, diagnostic, medical procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of an organ.
In veterinary medicine, endoscopy is commonly used to perform tissue and organ biopsies, remove foreign objects (particularly in the stomach), or view a pet’s internal organ. Endoscopy is often indicated when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs, and ultrasounds do not give a complete diagnostic picture. While general anesthesia is required during endoscopy, the procedure is considered much less invasive than traditional surgery. The benefits of endoscopy include shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less physiologic stress and discomfort, quicker recovery time, and fewer complications.