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Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

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An Endoscopic Mucosal Resection or EMR, is a procedure used to remove cancerous or abnormal tissue, such as lesions, from the digestive tract. There are several different version of the EMR and your physician will be able to assist you in understanding which procedure best suits your needs. The Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is an alternative screening procedure to surgery and can help diagnose early-stage cancer and abnormal tissues that may develop into cancerous lesions. To learn more about Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.

An endoscopic mucosal resection is conducted using a long and narrow tube that features a light and video camera on one end. The tube may be passed down the throat until it reaches the esophagus, stomach or the upper portion of the small intestine known as the duodenum. Precancerous cells and lesions may be identified through the use of the video camera. Your physician will be able to see exactly what is going on in the upper digestive tract.

With various instruments attached to the device, the endoscopic mucosal resection tube may be used to remove abnormalities from the colon. When used in this manner, it is typically inserted through the anus. If cancer is present, the EMR can help determine if cancerous cells have invaded nearby linings, such as the digestive tract lining.

During the screening process the patient is positioned on their side, while lying on the table. The patient is sedated to make they relaxed and drowsy during the screening. Typically patients do not experience any pain during the procedure. Your physician will monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen level and blood pressure while the procedure is carried out.

After the screening, the patient remains in the recovery room until the sedative has worn off. Normal activities may be resumed shortly after the procedure, if not by the following day.

The procedure is highly effective and offers excellent results for patients who are at risk for cancerous or precancerous lesions in the small intestine, as well as the colon. If you are concerned that you may be at risk for colon cancer or disease of the upper small intestine, you should make an appointment to discuss the endoscopic mucosal resection procedure. To learn more about Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.