Texas A&M offers endoscopy, sometimes called "minimally
invasive surgery" for patients when it is appropriate.
Endoscopy can often be done instead of major surgery to take
biopsies of stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas as well as do
cytology and culture of the airways and nose. It is often able to
remove foreign bodies from the stomach, intestines, airways and
nose, and can also be used to perform gastropexy (a procedure to
prevent gastric dilatation/volvulus or bloat), place feeding tubes
into the esophagus, stomach or intestines, remove retained
testicles, dilate strictures in the esophagus and remove polyps in
Patients that have endoscopy can typically be released the same
day as the procedure. Endoscopy is not right for every patient, but
when it is appropriate, it is quicker, easier, safer, and less
expensive than major surgery.