Did you know All Valley has endoscopes? In the photo below is an x-ray from Zoey. The bright curvilinear structure in her stomach is an end-on view of a piece of a tennis ball she swallowed. Luckily, we were able to remove it using an endoscope, which is less invasive than surgery, less painful, and has a much quicker recovery. Scoping is also less expensive than surgery. While not all objects can be successfully retrieved this way, it is always great when it is possible. Endoscopy is also useful to obtain GI biopsies when needed, helping us to diagnose a variety of conditions ranging from stomach ulcers to inflammatory bowel disease.