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Video Otoscopy

Cleaning of the ear canal is one of the most important aspects of treatment of ear infections. In chronic ear infections, it is often necessary to clean the deeper aspects of the ear canal and the middle ear cavity (or bulla) that cannot be reached with traditional cleaning at home.

 

A video otoscope is a hand-held instrument that uses fiber optics to transmit a very bright light to illuminate the ear canal, which allows better visualization of the canal and the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Instruments can be passed through the scope to facilitate cleaning or to perform a myringotomy (an incision into the ear drum) in order to access the middle ear.

 

Biopsies and mass removals are also performed through the video otoscope when necessary. As you can imagine, ear disease can be quite painful, so this process is typically performed under anesthesia. With the use of a video otoscope, we are able to successfully diagnose and aggressively treat chronic ear infections and other ear problems with minimal invasiveness to your pet.