Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR for short) is a surgical procedure used to extract cancerous and precancerous tumors in the digestive tract. It is an incredibly useful tool in the prevention and treatment of various cancers. In this article, we are going to talk about the EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection) procedure – what it is, and when it can be useful in treating gastrointestinal conditions.
What is the EMR Procedure?
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is a procedure used to detect and remove precancerous growths from the digestive tract. The procedure involves using a small camera attached to a long, narrow tube to view and access the digestive tract. Depending on the location of interest, the tube is either inserted into the mouth or the anus to access the digestive tract. Once the tube arrives at the area in question, the surgeon feeds the necessary tools through the tube to extract any cancerous growths. In addition to growth removal, this procedure can also be used to gather tissue samples for further diagnosis.
What EMR can Treat
So when is Endoscopic Mucosal Resection a useful treatment method? Here are some of the conditions and diseases that EMR can be helpful in treating:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Colon Cancer
- Esophagus Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Colon Polyps
Gastro Clinic in Chaska, MN
Endoscopic Mucosal Resections are complex procedures that require the help of a skilled gastroenterologist. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has twenty years of experience and has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastroenterological procedures during the course of his career. As a result, he is one of the most experienced GI doctors in the Twin Cities, and one of the only GI physicians to specialize in liver diseases. Contact Bhatti GI today to set up your appointment at one of our gastroenterology clinics (located in Chaska and Edina).