Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy are well established tools in human medicine. The Animal Medical Center is the first veterinary facility to implement a complete interventional service. Our interventional veterinarians refine procedures currently used in people, tailoring the tremendous potential of these techniques to treat serious pet maladies. Examples of the disorders treated interventionally here at the AMC include:
- Kidney, ureteral, and bladder stones
- Tracheal collapse
- Various tumors
- Canine incontinence
- Liver shunts
- Blood clots
- Nasopharyngeal stenosis
- Feeding tube placement
Veterinary Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology involves the use of contemporary imaging methods (primarily video x-ray, called fluoroscopy) to gain access to different structures of the pet’s body for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons without the need for traditional surgery.
Veterinary Interventional Endoscopy
Interventional endoscopy involves the use of endoscopes, small cameras which can be guided throughout the body via naturally existing orifices, often in conjunction with other contemporary imaging modalities, such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy. Guided by these images, the clinician can reach most parts of the body without the need for open surgery.
Using these modalities, The AMC provides non-surgical alternatives to many disease processes thereby:
- Decreasing mortality rates
- Minimizing anesthesia time
- Reducing hospital stays
- Lowering costs
- Providing alternative options for pets
By offering interventional medicine to our clientele, we are providing options to patients in whom conventional therapies are declined, not indicated or associated with excessive morbidity or mortality. Additionally, some of these techniques present treatment opportunities for patients with various conditions for which there may not be standard remedies.
The interventional service offers care to a wide range of patients – from pocket pets to zoo animals! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think your pet might benefit from our help.
Support New Procedures
You can help provide the much needed philanthropic support to perfect such procedures. Your support of this program will enable The Animal Medical Center to continue to be a center of excellence in minimally invasive procedures and provide training to interested veterinarians around the world.