Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is a special technique performed during an endoscopic procedure to remove abnormal tissue from the gastrointestinal tract. It is a less invasive alternative to surgery for appropriate candidates. It is also more affordable; the estimated costs of surgery are 10x higher than EMR. It does have a slightly higher risk of bleeding, perforation, and scarring.
How is it performed:
- The prep is similar to a typical EGD or Colonoscopy. Instructions will be given to you by our office staff.
-You will be asleep during the procedure (IV sedation).
-The endoscope is introduced into the GI tract to the appropriate location.
-A small amount of fluid is injected near the lesion to lift it from the underlying tissue.
-The concerning/bad tissue is then removed.
-The area may then be tattooed so it can easily be identified in the future (if indicated).
- The removed tissue is sent to a pathologist to be examined under the microscope.
- Results are typically available within 2 weeks