At Gladesville Veterinary Hospital this month we are certainly not looking down in the mouth. We are looking down in the stomach, small intestine and bowel.
We have just taken delivery of a video-endoscope.
At some stage many of we humans have trouble with out digestive tract and endoscopes have revolutionised out doctors’ abilities to diagnose and treat these disorders.
We have taken the plunge at Gladesville to become involved in this new technology to provide a better and less invasive way of examining the inside of our pet patients.
Our video-endoscope is like a long tube that we can pass into the throat, stomach , bowel or airway of our patients. Obviously this has to be done under an anaesthetic.
At the end of the tube is a tiny high-resolution video camera and the image from the camera is then magnified onto a TV monitor for us to view what is going on inside.
We can take biopsies of tissues to help diagnose problems such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancers in dogs and cats that may cause recurring gastro-enteric upsets and may be adequately treated if we can pick them up at an early stage.
The video-endoscope will also play an important role in diagnosing and retrieving foreign bodies from those naughty dogs who may eat one too many bones, the kid’s plastic toys or Dad’s fishing hook, line and sinker.
Rosalie Matthews has taken charge of this new piece of equipment and both she and Pam Short have enrolled in postgraduate training courses over the next few months so we will get the best use from this new equipment at Gladesville.