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Video Capsule Endoscopy Now Available at NVS!

January 21st, 2020

Working up gastro-intestinal disease can be incredibly frustrating, but especially so in pets with co-existing problems that make anaesthetic procedures higher-risk.

Often we would recommend endoscopy to directly visualise the stomach and intestines, and potentially take biopsies at the same time. In higher-risk patients however, a less-invasive option would allow us to see the gastro-instestinal tract, and make an informed decision about whether a more invasive procedure is warranted. Enter video capsule endoscopy. This pill-sized capsule contains multiple cameras that take thousands of pictures as it makes its way through the body. No anaesthetic required- we just give the capsule by mouth, and wait for it to reappear…

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Capsule endoscopy is a great option for those cases where either the patient or the client would benefit from a low-risk, stepwise approach to diagnosis.

If you have any questions, or have a patient that you feel may be a candidate, have a chat with a member of our Medicine team! 9452 2933