Endoscopic Mucosal Resection in Arizona

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Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an outpatient procedure that allows specialists to remove tumors just below the intestinal wall without the need for surgery. With an endoscope (a flexible, pipe-shaped device), our Arizona Digestive Health gastroenterologists can look inside the body with a great degree of detail. In the same procedure, they can remove growths, including upper GI or colon nodules, that may otherwise require an operation. Many individuals return home the same day. Because there is no incision, you can recuperate more quickly, and with less discomfort than from open or laparoscopic operations. If you need to schedule an endoscopic mucosal resection in Phoenix, AZ, or a different exam to address the GI tract, please contact one of our locations.

Endoscopic mucosal resection is a minimally invasive alternative to having surgery to remove abnormal tissues from the lining of the digestive tract. Your specialist may propose this to address certain early-phase cancers or precancerous tumors.

Some of the conditions that EMR has been used to address include:

  • Noncancerous nodules of the uterus (leiomyomas)
  • Colon polyps
  • Cancer of the small intestine (duodenum)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

If you have any of the conditions listed above and would like to learn more about this procedure, contact an Arizona Digestive Health location today.

Even though an endoscopic mucosal resection is a minimally invasive procedure, there are still some risks. Risks associated with endoscopic mucosal resection include:

  • Bleeding: This is the most common risk and can usually be identified and corrected during the process.
  • Puncture (perforation): There is a small risk of a puncture in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, depending on the size and location of the lesion that is removed.
  • Narrowing of the esophagus: Extracting certain esophageal growths can increase the risk of scarring, which constricts the esophagus. This could lead to problems swallowing and require additional treatment.

Call your Phoenix, AZ gastroenterologist or seek emergency care if you have had an endoscopic mucosal resection and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Passing out
  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Fever
  • Black stool
  • Chest or abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting

You’ll have a follow-up appointment with your GI doctor at Arizona Digestive Health to discuss the results of your endoscopic mucosal resection and the findings of any laboratory tests conducted on tissue samples. A few questions to pose with your doctor are:

  • Were you able to eliminate all anomalous tissue?
  • What were the outcomes of the lab tests? Do I have cancer?
  • Should I see a cancer specialist (oncologist)?
  • If I have cancer, will I require other procedures?
  • How will you supervise my health?

As a rule, you will undergo another upper endoscopy or colonoscopy several months after your endoscopic mucosal resection to be positive the complete lesion is eliminated. During your original procedure, your doctor might mark the section of the eliminated lesion with ink (tattoo) so that the section can be readily examined when you have any subsequent tests. The requirements for follow-up appointments count on the conclusions of these findings.

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If your specialist recommends an endoscopic mucosal resection for managing a digestive tract condition, then you can trust the proficient gastroenterologists at Arizona Digestive Health to provide you with the most innovative and compassionate care available. An endoscopic mucosal resection with our Phoenix, AZ team could provide a less invasive alternative to surgery for removing strange or potentially cancerous tissue. To learn additional information about this and different treatments to address your gastrointestinal tract condition, please reach out to your nearest location to request a consultation.

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