Endoscopic Mucosal Resection in Tulsa, OK
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What is endoscopic mucosal resection?
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an outpatient procedure that allows doctors to remove tumors just below the gastrointestinal lining without the need for an operation. Using an endoscope, our Adult Gastroenterology Associates GI providers can look inside the body in detail. During this procedure, they can also remove growths that would otherwise need to be removed during an operation. Many individuals return home the same day. Since there is no incision, you should recover faster, and with minimal discomfort compared to other procedures. If you want to schedule an endoscopic mucosal resection in Tulsa, OK, or a different procedure designed to address the GI tract, please contact our team today to request a consultation.
What are the benefits of endoscopic mucosal resection?
This technique is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for removing irregular tissues from the lining of the digestive system. Your specialist could recommend this approach to remove some early-level cancers or precancerous tumors.
A few of the conditions that EMR has been used to address include:
- Colorectal polyps
- Stomach cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Noncancerous nodules of the uterus
- Cancer of the small intestine
- Colorectal cancer
- Barrett’s esophagus
If you have any of the above conditions and want to learn more about endoscopic mucosal resections, contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you.
What are the dangers of endoscopic mucosal resection?
Like most procedures, there are potential risks and complications when having an EMR procedure. Potential complications associated with endoscopic mucosal resection procedures include:
- Puncture (perforation): There is a small risk of a puncture through the wall of the digestive tract, depending on the size and position of the growth that is being removed.
- Bleeding: This is the most common complication and is usually detected and fixed during the procedure.
- Tapering of the esophagus: Withdrawing certain esophageal lesions can increase the chance of scarring, which constricts the esophagus. This could lead to problems swallowing and require additional treatment.
Contact your Tulsa, OK GI provider or get urgent medical care if you have any of the following symptoms after you undergo an EMR:
- Chest or abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Bright red blood in the stool
- Black stool
When will I get the results of my EMR?
A review appointment with your GI provider at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location will be scheduled to discuss the results of your EMR and the results of any laboratory tests conducted on tissue specimens. A few questions to pose your provider are:
- What were the results of the biopsy exams? Do I have cancer?
- If I have cancer, will I need further procedures?
- Should I see an oncologist?
- How will you monitor my status?
- Were you able to withdraw all abnormal tissue?
Usually, you will undergo another upper endoscopy or colonoscopy a couple of months following your EMR to be sure the entire lesion was removed. During your initial procedure, your gastroenterologist could stain the area of the extracted growth with ink so that the section can be easily monitored during any future exams. The need for more appointments depends on your individual results.
Treating GI conditions with an EMR
If your provider suggests the endoscopic mucosal resection for managing a GI condition, then you can rely on the proficient gastroenterologists at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to give you the most advanced and compassionate care imaginable. An EMR with our Tulsa, OK team could be a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for removing unusual or possibly cancerous tissue. To learn more about an endoscopic mucosal resection, or additional procedures to address your GI condition, please connect with our team as soon as possible.
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