Digital Otoscopy

 

Laparoscopy involves the use of a fibre optic telescope and camera to visualize areas within our patients. Although typically used for abdominal procedures such as a spay, we may also use it to visualize the nasal cavity and ears (otoscopy). This technology is relatively new to veterinary medicine, however, it is used when possible in human medicine to eliminate the need for more invasive procedures.  Our team of veterinarians, led by Dr. Paul Hodges, has made the commitment to this technology as we feel that laparoscopy offers benefits in a number of situations to prevent or manage illness in our patients.

Digital Otoscopy can be used to examine the ear canal with a greater precision and clarity than can be obtained with traditional otoscopy.  In addition to increased visibility, we have the ability to grasp foreign bodies or objects that may be deep in the ear canal.  Digital otoscopy can also allow us to precisely biopsy masses deep in the ear canal as well as examine the tympanic membrane (ear drum) for possible damage or tears.  Otoscopy can also be used for ear flushes and removing thick waxy debris from deep within the ear canal - this can be especially helpful when traditional approaches have not helped. 

Normal ear drum under magnification

Normal ear drum under magnification

Polyp against the ear drum with waxy debris attached.  This cat had persistent ear infections and irritation.

Polyp against the ear drum with waxy debris attached.  This cat had persistent ear infections and irritation.

Please call or come in to ask about this innovative, non-invasive form of surgery for your pet. Our team would be happy to answer any questions or to book a consultation with one of our doctors.