The cystoscope is a very useful tool currently used in veterinary medicine. It is an endoscope that is fed into the lower urinary tract and allows for visualization and access to the vagina, urethra and urinary bladder.
Abnormalities that can be seen on cystoscopy include strictures, masses, inflammatory tissue, urethral stones and bladder stones. When abnormal tissue is noted biopsy instrument can be passed through the operating channels in the scope and tissue can be sampled and sent to a lab for analysis.
Bladder and urethral stones can be removed with retrieval devices fed through the cystoscope. When the stones are too large for removal a LASER fiber can be passed through the scope to fragment the stones which can then be removed.
The cystoscope can also be used to administer therapeutic agents such as collagen injections for incontinence. This device allows us to visualize and treat many problems that we were previously unable to address in such an effective, minimally-invasive manner.
For more information on cystoscopy, please contact Amanda Callens.