What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive way to evaluate the inside of organs such as the esophagus, stomach, intestines, urinary system, trachea, lungs, and nasal cavity.

Why endoscopy?

If your pet is experiencing clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, swelling, bloating, or loss of appetite your veterinarian may recommend an endoscopic procedure.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive way to examine the organs in the abdomen, nasal cavity, and ears. It is a safe technique that minimizes soft tissue trauma to the patient allowing for faster and less painful recovery. Anesthesia time can also be reduced which is important in geriatric and debilitated patients.

Why laparoscopy?

If your pet is requiring exploratory surgery, spay or cryptorchid neuter, bladder stone removal, and other abdominal procedures, laparoscopy can provide a less invasive option with quicker recovery time, shorter anesthesia time, and minimize the chance of infection.

Common procedures:

  • Rhinoscopy
  • Tracheoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Urethroscopy
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Spay
  • Liver Biopsies
  • Intestinal Biopsies


  • Minimally invasive
  • Facilitates the diagnosis of numerous medical ailments
  • Rapid recovery time
  • Less scarring and minimizes the cutting of muscles and other healthy soft tissue

FAQ: Minimally Invasive Surgery

Is this the same technology that is used in human surgery?
Yes. We utilize the same level of technology that has become the standard of care in human medicine over the past 25 years.

If an open procedure is done with a small incision, is there a benefit to laparoscopy?
The visualization and magnification of laparoscopic equipment allow a more precise surgery with ultimately less trauma and pain. Reduced pain may also require less anesthesia during the operation. Plus, smaller incisions have less risk of infection and heal more quickly.