Video Otoscopy Has Revolutionised How We Treat Cases of Ottitis
Since purchasing our Storz Video Otoscope in 2004 we have been able to mange cases of otitis, particularly Pseudomonas otitis, much more effectively.
I used to have to perform on average ten TECA/Bulla Osteotomy operations a year from the first opinion work in our practice. This has now reduced to around four a year from our first opinion practice. I have now treated over 1000 dogs and cats suffering with otitis, using the video otoscope.
Video otoscopy allows a much better visualisation of the ear canal and tympanic membrane than can be achieved with a hand held otoscope and it allows us , via flushing tubes and other intruments that are placed through a port on the otoscope, to carefully remove ceruminoliths, thoroughly clean the horizontal ear canal (often impossible to do effectively and safely with a hand held otoscope) and accurately perform myringotomies ( if necessary) and flush out the middle ear/take sample for bacteriology from the middle ear.
Owners are shown videos of their pet’s video otoscopy procedure and this really helps in their understanding of the severity of their pet’s otitis and they can see for themselves the improvements that have occured with therapy.
It is not unusual, particularly with severely ulcerated pseudomonas cases, for this procedure to be repeated several times over a period of weeks before the otitis is fully resolved.
General anaesthesia is always required when perfoming video otoscopy.