What Is Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)? 

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, or EMR, is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove abnormal or precancerous tissue from the lining of the digestive tract. It is commonly performed in the esophagus, stomach, and colon. EMR is an alternative to traditional surgery, providing a less invasive option for treating precancerous lesions. 

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Why Is EMR Important?

EMR plays a crucial role in the management of precancerous lesions and early-stage cancers in the gastrointestinal tract. It is especially relevant for conditions such as Barrett's Esophagus, large polyps, and certain early-stage cancers. By removing these abnormal growths, EMR reduces the risk of cancer development and enhances overall gastrointestinal health. 

How Does the EMR Procedure Work? 

During EMR, an endoscope with a specialized attachment is inserted into the gastrointestinal tract through the mouth or rectum, depending on the location of the abnormal tissue. The endoscope allows the gastroenterologist to visualize and precisely remove the targeted lesion using specialized tools. The removed tissue is then sent for pathological examination to determine the extent of abnormality and ensure complete removal. 

What to Expect During and After the EMR Procedure 

EMR is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients are often under sedation to ensure comfort. Most individuals can return home on the same day. After the procedure, some may experience mild discomfort, minor bleeding, or a feeling of fullness, which is generally temporary and well-tolerated. 

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Benefits of EMR 

  • Precise Removal: EMR allows for the precise and complete removal of abnormal or precancerous tissue. 
  • Minimally Invasive: It is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery, resulting in shorter recovery times and less scarring. 
  • Reduced Cancer Risk: By eliminating precancerous lesions, EMR significantly reduces the risk of cancer development. 
  • Preservation of Healthy Tissue: EMR selectively targets abnormal tissue while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. 
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Choosing Meliora Healthcare for Your EMR Procedure 

When you choose Meliora Healthcare for EMR, you are choosing experienced gastroenterologists and healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of precancerous lesions and early-stage cancers in the gastrointestinal tract. We are dedicated to providing advanced and personalized care to help you maintain your gastrointestinal health and reduce your cancer risk. 

If you have been diagnosed with precancerous lesions or are concerned about your risk factors, contact our office today to schedule an appointment and explore EMR as a treatment option for enhancing your digestive health. 

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection FAQs

What conditions or abnormalities can EMR be used to treat?

Is EMR a painful procedure, and what is the recovery like?

Are there any risks or complications associated with EMR?

What conditions or abnormalities can EMR be used to treat?

EMR is commonly used to treat precancerous lesions, abnormal growths, and early-stage cancers in the gastrointestinal tract. It is often used for conditions such as Barrett's Esophagus, large polyps, and certain localized cancers. Your gastroenterologist will determine if EMR is the right treatment for your specific condition.

Is EMR a painful procedure, and what is the recovery like?

EMR is typically performed under sedation to ensure patient comfort, so you should not experience pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort, minor bleeding, or a feeling of fullness, but these symptoms are generally temporary and well-tolerated. Recovery times are relatively short, and most individuals can return home on the same day.

Are there any risks or complications associated with EMR?

While EMR is considered a safe procedure, there are some potential risks, including bleeding or infection at the site of resection. Additionally, there is a small risk of perforation (a hole) in the gastrointestinal wall, although this is rare. Our expert gastroenterologists will discuss the potential risks and benefits of EMR with you before the procedure, and they will take all necessary precautions to minimize any complications.

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