Internal Medicine

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Learn more about our minimally invasive techniques below.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

  1. Tracheal stenting: Collapsing trachea is a common respiratory disease in dogs. This causes the trachea to collapse and makes it very challenging for the patient to breathe beyond the collapsed area. Surgery can help these patients, although not every dog is a candidate for the surgery. For dogs that are not a candidate, tracheal stenting is a procedure that can help open up the trachea so these patients can breathe more comfortably.
  2. Nasopharyngeal stenting: there is a rare disease in dogs and cats called nasopharyngeal webbing, making it very difficult for these patients to breathe through their noses. A stent can be placed with minimum invasiveness that will help to keep the nasal cavity open. A Nasophayrngeal stent can help these patients breathe more comfortably.
  3. Urethral biopsy: Male dogs have a long urethra, making it a very difficult area to perform a biopsy. With digital radiography and vascular sheath equipment, Virginia Veterinary Specialists are able to obtain biopsies of this region with minimal invasiveness to the patient.