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Minimally invasive surgery results in less pain, quicker recovery, and fewer post-surgical complications. Thanks to endoscopic procedures, scopes can be passed through small incisions to let us see inside our patients’ bodies, thus avoiding invasive traditional surgery. These procedures let us assess and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and genitourinary tract, as well as explore the chest and abdomen without major surgery.

Endoscopic Procedures of the Chest and Abdomen

  • Endoscopic-assisted exploratory of the chest (Thoracoscopy)
  • Pericardectomy relieves fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion).
  • Laparoscopic assisted exploratory of the abdomen permits biopsies of the liver, kidney, intestines, and other diseased organs as well as exploration and removal of retained testicles.
  • Cystostomy removes bladder stones (urinary calculi).

Urethral Stricture, the narrowing of the urethra, prevents normal urination. Congenital defects or trauma complications can cause Urethal Stricture. To open up the uretha and permit normal urine flow, we pass a series of dilators through the urethra.

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Urinary Incontinence: Weakened internal urethral sphincters in older female dogs can cause urine incontinence at night when sleeping, lying down, and recurrent urinary tract infections. For dogs responding poorly to drugs, we can help prevent urine leakage by injecting collagen into the urethra beneath the top layer of tissue. The collagen fills the urethra’s lumen, acting as a pseudosphincter, preventing urine flow. Bladder contractions can push urine past the collagen. At rest, however, urine leakage is minimized.

Cystoscopic Evaluation of the Urinary Tract: Ultrasound doesn’t always identify cancer in the urinary tract, especially if it is primarily located in the urethra. Cystoscopy, however, allows for tumor visualization and biopsy to confirm cell type.

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South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care


3924 Fernandina Road Columbia, SC 29210

Hospital Hours

Emergency: 24 hours
Specialty Departments: Monday-Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
Urgent Care: 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM, 7 days a week (conveniently located in the same building as our ER)