Endoscopic surgery, otherwise known as minimally invasive surgery, refers to the process of inserting scopes into small incisions or openings in the body which helps doctors and vets diagnose various conditions and diseases. The surgery is, as previously mentioned, non-invasive and involve little cavity invasion.
This noninvasive method is used to reduce and minimize the amount of tissue trauma which also reduces the negative response to traditional surgery. This negative reaction to traditional surgery is as a result of long and stretched incisions made with tools such as retractors. In contrast, minimally invasive surgery uses a number of smaller openings and holes, reducing overall impact. These lesser negative results have been proven using controlled studies whereby the response was both less physical trauma and lower stress levels as well. Overall, the surgery presents a number of benefits that outweigh the costs or drawbacks of this type of surgery.
This type of surgery is commonly used on animals as a way to do examinations, but also to draw blood or other samples. This method is also used as a way to sedate or to inject general anesthesia into animals and humans. Endoscopy is often done alongside other procedures such as blood sampling, examinations, ultrasonography and overall endoscopy, in order to maximize and make the most of one dose of anesthesia and avoid repetitive procedures or pain for the patient. The nature or reason for the Endoscopy as well as the specific patient may determine whether the procedure is performed using rigid or other types of endoscopy. Rigid is a specific type used for more diagnostic purposes and can help with both diagnosis and treatment.
Endoscopy is not for everyone, so consult your doctor before considering this type of surgery/procedure. Ensure to disclose all of your medical and wellness history with your doctor.