Minimally Invasive Techniques

1) Tracheal stenting: One common respiratory disease in dogs is a collapsing trachea. This can cause the trachea to collapse and make it very difficult for the patient to breathe past the collapsed area of the trachea. There is a surgery that 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 which can make it very difficult for these patients to breathe through their nose. 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 which makes it a very difficult area to biopsy. With digital radiography and vascular sheath equipment, Virginia Veterinary Specialists is able to obtain biopsies of this region with minimal invasivness to the patient.

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