Endoscopic Mucosal Resection in Utah
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What is endoscopic mucosal resection?
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an outpatient approach used by the GI physicians at Utah Gastroenterology to take out tumors lying just under the intestinal wall without needing to perform surgery. Utilizing an endoscope (a pliable, pipe-shaped tool), our gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in addressing the gastrointestinal system) can view the inside of the body with a high grade of detail. The same procedure can also be used to remove growths, including upper GI or colon tumors, that would otherwise have to be addressed with a more invasive procedure. The majority of clients get back home the same day. Since there is no cutting involved, there is a better chance of a quick recovery with reduced discomfort compared to conventional or laparoscopic operations. If you need to arrange for an endoscopic mucosal resection in Utah, or any other exam intended to treat the gastrointestinal tract, please get in touch with our team.
What are the advantages of endoscopic mucosal resection?
Your physician might suggest EMR as a minimally intrusive way to extract irregular or unhealthy tissues from the wall of your GI tract. This procedure can also be used to address particular cancers (when they're in an early stage) or to remove precancerous growths (like some polyps).
A few of the ailments that EMR has been utilized to treat include:
- Esophageal cancer
- Noncancerous tumors of the uterus (leiomyomas)
- Barrett's esophagus
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Colon polyps
- Stomach (gastric) cancer
- Cancer of the small intestine (duodenum)
If you have any of the listed conditions and wish to learn additional information about this procedure, get in touch with Utah Gastroenterology today.
What are the dangers of endoscopic mucosal resection?
There are a few risks of complications with endoscopic mucosal resection procedures, including:
- Puncture (perforation): There is a small danger of a puncture through the lining of the digestive tract, conditional on the dimensions and location of the growth that is removed.
- Bleeding: This is the most standard problem and can frequently be found and corrected during the procedure.
- Constricting of the esophagus: Certain esophageal treatments (like the removal of lesions in the esophagus) can enhance the risk of scarring, which causes the organ to taper. This could lead to difficulty swallowing and require further treatment.
Get in touch with your Utah gastrointestinal physician or get prompt care if you experience any of the notated signs or symptoms after you undergo an endoscopic mucosal resection:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest or abdominal discomfort
- Black stool
- Bright red blood in the stool
When will I get the findings of my endoscopic mucosal resection?
Once your procedure is finished, you will schedule a follow-up consultation with your GI doctor at Utah Gastroenterology to review the findings of your endoscopic mucosal resection as well as any biopsy results (if tests were performed on tissue samples). Questions to pose your physician include:
- How will you supervise my condition?
- Were you able to remove all anomalous tissue?
- Do I need to see a cancer specialist (oncologist)?
- What were the outcomes of the laboratory exams? Do I have cancer?
- If I have cancer, will I require further treatments?
Usually, you will have an additional colonoscopy or upper endoscopy a few months following your endoscopic mucosal resection to be sure the entire lesion is eliminated. Over the course of your first procedure, your gastroenterologist may stain the section of the removed lesion with ink (tattoo) so that the section can be readily checked when you have any subsequent procedures. The needs for follow-up appointments rely on the outcomes of these results.
Endoscopic mucosal resection for GI treatment
If your physician has recommended an endoscopic mucosal resection as treatment for a gastrointestinal ailment, then you can put your confidence in the skilled providers at Utah Gastroenterology to supply you with the most advanced, patient-first care possible. An endoscopic mucosal resection with our Utah team offers a minimally invasive choice for addressing GI tissues that are unusual or potentially cancerous. To hear additional information with respect to EMR and additional procedures to address your gastrointestinal tract condition, please reach out to our staff right away.
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