Minimally Invasive Procedures

Cahill Veterinary Hospital is capable of performing minimally invasive procedures to help with the diagnosis of various conditions and diseases. These procedures utilize tiny scopes that are inserted into normal body orifices to help examine and evaluate tissues and to collect specimens for diagnostic testing.


Rhinoscopy is the use of a rigid scope to explore the inside of the nose. We can use this modality to help diagnose causes of chronic nasal discharge, congestion or bleeding. Nasal foreign bodies can be identified as well. Biopsies can be taken via this route to help with the diagnoses of various nasal conditions and even cancers.

Evaluation of the nasal cavity is performed under general anesthesia. View of inflamed nasal turbinates.


Using our scope, we can perform a cystoscopy of the vagina, urethra and urinary bladders of both female cats and dogs. Small stones can be removed with this method from female patients. Likewise, biopsies can be taken for the diagnosis of urethral and bladder problems. Minimally invasive cystoscopy of the urinary bladder can be performed in the male dog and cat via an abdominal approach, however due to the length and size of their penis, gaining entry from the outside is a difficult task.

urethra.jpgEndoscopic examination of an inflamed urethra.

Minimally Invasive Exploratory Laparotomy

This is an alternative to an open approach when the abdominal organs are examined using rigid endoscopes and ports. Advantages to these techniques are fewer incisions and thus, less pain. Biopsies of organs can be obtained, such as the liver, kidneys, lymph nodes and adrenal glands. Likewise, samples for ancillary diagnostic tests can be obtained. amples for other ancillary testing to help diagnose disease in your pet.

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