What to Expect
Before the Procedure
It is vital that the pet be fasted overnight and dropped off the morning of the procedure. The procedure is usually scheduled in the morning whenever possible, although sometimes scheduling may require an afternoon time. An IV catheter will be placed before the procedure, your pet will be anesthetized with placement of an endotracheal (breathing) tube.
During the Procedure
Your pet will be monitored closely during anesthesia by one of your veterinarian’s staff members. The endoscope is passed down the mouth and into the stomach for gastroduodenoscopy, or into the nose for rhinoscopy. Depending on findings, biopsy and/or culture samples may be obtained and submitted to a lab. Both procedures usually take 20-40 minutes. Nose bleeding is common following rhinoscopy and the pet is usually kept sedated while in the hospital to help with the bleeding, as stress and sneezing will exacerbate the bleeding. Pets who have had gastroduodenoscopy usually recover very quickly (depending on the type of anesthetic) and post-procedure pain, nausea or complications are rare.
After the Procedure
Patients go home the day of the procedure. Patients who have had rhinoscopy performed will often have mild nose bleeding and/or congestion following the procedure. Your veterinarian will discuss the gross findings with you, although if samples are submitted to the lab, these results can take up to a week or so, and often a definitive diagnosis cannot be made until those results are available.
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